A year ago this week, at the 2011 American Cheese Society Convention, I had the opportunity to taste Rogue River Blue cheese from Oregon for the first time. I quickly became a big fan!
Rogue River Blue is an award winning blue cheese, which is wrapped with chestnut leaves that have marinated in pear brandy. This raw cow's milk, natural rind, blue cheese is aged between eight and twelve months and has a moist creamy texture with crunchy granular bits. The flavours are quite complex with notes of burnt cream, coffee, ripened berries and a lingering sweet note of pear brandy. Heavenly!
Rogue River Blue pairs well with a German Gewürztraminer, a Cabernet Franc, a desert wine or even a pear brandy.
Rogue Creamery is one of the USA's oldest dairies, in operation since 1935, located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon. Rogue Creamery has been known for a while now for producing repeat award winning blues and cheddars and the unique Rogue River Blue.
Rogue River Blue Awards;
World’s Best Blue Cheese – 2003 World Cheese Awards, London, England
Best in Show - 2009 American Cheese Society in Austin, Texas.
Best in Show - 2011 American Cheese Society, Montreal, Canada
Meet the owners and cheesemakers of Rogue Creamery.
Episode #2 Rogue Creamery from Everyday Wonder Productions on Vimeo.