GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America. The Sartori company in Antigo won the title at this year’s U.S. Championship Cheese Contest with its Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, by master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. Sartori also won the title in 2009.
For the fourth consecutive year, Guggisberg Cheese has claimed the top spot in the Swiss category at the contest, taking first place as well as third for its premium Swiss cheese.
The contest, which takes place every-other year, was held March 7 and 8 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A record 2,303 cheese submissions from 33 different states were split into one of 105 classes. Within each class, cheeses were scored on a 100-point scale by a panel consisting of professional judges from within the industry and universities.
The three highest-scoring cheeses in each category, judged on flavor and body, were awarded trophies.
The Guggisberg Cheese submissions were rindless 200-pound Swiss blocks, which finished first (scoring 99.75), and third (98.90).