Reverie Creamery Cheeses are American Cheese Society 2019 Winners

Reverie’s own Tom and Wanderer cheeses were selected as winners at the American Cheese Society (ACS) 2019 Judging and Competition, the largest competition of its kind for american cheeses. Over 1,700 cheeses from across the US and Canada entered to compete in various categories and were judged on technical and aesthetic excellence. After four years of developing Tom and Wanderer at our creamery using local, organic products, we are proud to have achieved consistency and quality that was recognized at the highest level of cheesemaking.

The American Cheese Society Judging and Competition aims to showcase american cheesemakers’ talent and leadership in the industry. There are categories for all different types of cheeses, including cheddars, blue mold cheeses, Italian type cheeses, and many more. Both of our cheeses won in the category of American Made, International Style.

Recognition at this competition is a high honor, as it involves a thorough judging process by internationally renowned authorities on cheese. There were forty judges who scored each cheese for technical and aesthetic qualities separately. They had no indication of where the cheeses came from or who made them, so they could judge solely on the quality. Technical judges included professors of dairy sciences, food technologists, and culinary experts all specializing in cheese. They deducted points for any defects in quality, such as a musty aroma, uneven mold, or lack of a characteristic flavor. Among the aesthetic judges were prominent culinary entrepreneurs and some of the founders of American artisan cheesemaking. They added points to the score for desirable aspects of cheese, from a floral aroma, to a pleasant mouthfeel, to a rustic/handmade appearance.

Tom and Wanderer were also winners of the artisan cheese competition at the New York State Fair this summer; to win again at the national level shows that New York State judges really know what’s good. And we weren’t the only New York winners at ACS– “Stockinghall” from Murray’s Cheese, with producers in the Hudson Valley, was named Best in Show and Second Best in Show was given to “Professor’s Brie” from Wegmans Food Markets, based in Rochester. Together we represented New York as among the best in American cheesemaking. Above all, we are proud to bring this win to our beloved Chautauqua County.