Today in good cheese news: The best cheese in the USA has been named. And it is...a baby Swiss from Ohio, according to a press release from the venerable Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
The winner, made by Guggisberg Cheese of Millersburg, Ohio, scored an impressive 98.54 points of out 100 in the WCMA’s 2019 US Championship Cheese Contest, beating 2,555 other cheeses from 35 states for the top spot. Previously, Guggisberg also won the championship with its Premium Swiss in 2015, making it the third producer to win the title twice.
Meanwhile, both the second and third prize went to contenders from Marieke Gouda of Thorp, Wisconsin, founded by Marieke Penterman. With just a tenth of a point less than the winner, Marieke’s Gouda Premium scored 98.41 points, while its Gouda Overjarige earned 98.39 points.
Although Wisconsin didn’t quite bring home the championship this year, “Wisconsin cheesemakers dominated the 2019 competition,” the association noted in its press release, “earning gold medals in 60 of the 116 contest classes and sweeping the gold, silver, and bronze medals in 25 classes.” New York cheesemakers won nine gold medals, while California and Idaho each won six.