Emmi Roth is heading into the holidays with fresh awards to place on its mantle. The cheesemaker earned a whopping twelve awards at the 2019 World Cheese Awards, in recognition of the company’s Wisconsin-made and Swiss-imported cheeses. Each award is an achievement in and of itself, but the slew of honors Emmi Roth received included two Super Gold awards for its signature Alpine-style cheeses.
“In addition to winning two Super Gold awards, we walked away with awards for our entire line of Kaltbach™ cave-aged cheeses, including our new Kaltbach Cave-Aged Gouda. This is really something we’re proud of,” said Tim Omer, President and Managing Director, in a press release. “We are always proud of the work our cheesemakers and crew are doing, and getting recognized on an international stage makes us even more honored to represent these great cheeses.”
The cheesemaker’s Grand Cru® Surchoix was a Super Gold medal recipient, and rightfully so. Made under Emmi Roth’s Wisconsin-made Roth® brand, the Grand Cru Surchoix is part of the company’s flagship line of washed-rind Alpine-style cheeses. The award-winning variety is aged a minimum of nine months in the cheesemaker’s Monroe, WI, cellars, to develop a firm texture and complex flavors of fruit, caramel, and mushrooms. This is not the first time that Grand Cru Surchoix has found itself in the winner’s circle, as it also holds the title of World Champion from the 2016 World Cheese Championship, along with more than a dozen other awards.
The Emmi Le Gruyère® AOP was another Super Gold Medal winner, receiving high honors for the work and care that goes into every wheel. The cheese is carefully hand-selected from 40 dairies among more than 160 creameries in small villages throughout Switzerland, and that consideration ensures only the best Le Gruyère cheeses are sold under the Emmi Roth brand. Aged a minimum of five months, the cheese matures slowly in the cave-like atmosphere of the Emmi Roth cellars, where each wheel is delicately turned, lightly brined, and brushed. The process brings out the inimitable flavor of the cheese, featuring notes of candied walnuts, spice, and dried fruit.
Emmi Roth received several other awards at the competition, including:
The awards that Emmi Roth earned were no small feat, as the competition at the World Cheese Awards is stiff. Submissions are judged on a single day by a carefully cultivated team of technical experts, retailers, buyers, and food authors. The judges analyze each submission in teams of three, and determine which gets a gold, silver, or bronze award. All aspects of the cheese is considered, including the rind and body, texture, color, consistency, and above all, taste. Each judging team then submits their nominations for the Super Gold awards. Out of 3,804 entries from across the globe, only 84 cheeses can receive the Super Gold title, making Emmi Roth’s wins that much more impressive.
Congratulations to Emmi Roth on the big wins, Deli Market News is sure there will many more to follow.