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Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Reflects on A Summer of Awards; Lynn Giacomini Stray and Jill Giacomini Basch Discuss

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Reflects on A Summer of Awards; Lynn Giacomini Stray and Jill Giacomini Basch Discuss


POINT REYES, CA
Thursday, August 4th, 2022

As we near the fall season, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is reflecting on a summer of success, as the cheesemaker recently took home a collection of awards at recent competitions. Showcasing its prowess at the California State Fair and American Cheese Society (ACS) Conference, Point Reyes has once again demonstrated the strength of its cheese portfolio.

Lynn Giacomini Stray, Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese“There are so many amazing cheeses being made throughout this state—It’s really an honor to win five Golds AND the Best of Show Golden Bear award this year,” said Lynn Giacomini Stray, Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal as cheesemakers is to deliver consistent, best-quality, artisan cheese every day, and this recognition is a testament to our team’s dedication and hard work.”

On July 15, the company’s Bay Blue Cows’ Milk nabbed Best of Show at the California State Fair. This rustic-style blue cheese was awarded for its mellow flavor and sweet salted caramel finish. In addition to this Best of Show award, a panel of respected cheesemakers, cheese merchants, writers, promoters, and educators also awarded medals to seven cheeses in Point Reyes’ portfolio, including:

  • Semi Soft Blue Veined: GOLD Bay Blue
  • Semi Soft Blue Veined: SILVER Original Blue
  • Hard Cheese: GOLD Aged Gouda
  • Semi Soft – White Surface Mold: GOLD Quinta
  • Semi Hard Cheese: GOLD TomaTruffle
  • Semi Hard Cheese: SILVER TomaRashi
  • CA Originals – Cows’ Milk: GOLD Toma

Showcasing its prowess at the California State Fair and American Cheese Society (ACS) Conference, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese has once again demonstrated the strength of its cheese portfolio

In addition, the supplier also took home five medals of recognition during the ACS annual judging and competition on July 22, a press release noted. During this prestigious competition, a team of judges evaluated over 1,500 entries across 120 categories, presenting Point Reyes with the following awards:

  • Cheese wrapped in bark, leaves, or grass: 2nd Place Quinta
  • Blue veined with a rind or external coating cows’ milk: 3rd Place Bay Blue
  • American Originals with Flavor Added – all milks: 1st Place TomaRashi
  • American Originals with Flavor Added – all milks: 2nd Place TomaProvence
  • Farmstead Aged 60+ days – 39 percent+ moisture cows’ milk: 1st Place California Coastal Blue

Jill Giacomini Basch, Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese“It’s been a long, three-year hiatus from this competition (due to the pandemic) and to win BIG as our cheese community came back together, that is just awesome, especially the recognition for our newer cheeses: Quinta, TomaRashi, and TomaProvence,” commented Jill Giacomini Basch, Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer.

On behalf of Deli Market News, a huge congratulations goes out to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company on a successful summer of awards!

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