Cheese flavors from all over Spain seduced global experts. Spanish cheeses received top accolades at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin.
Spanish cheeses received top accolades at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin, the cheese capital of the United States. The competition evaluated cheeses from the world in 90 categories.
Spanish winners came from Murcia, La Mancha La Rioja, Andalusia, Castile-León and the Canary Islands.
Lorenzo Abellán-Central Quesera Montesino’s Murcia al Vino cheese won gold medal in the Flavored Semi-Soft (Semi-Hard) Goat’s Milk Cheese Category. Maxorata Semicurado Pimentón, from Grupo Ganaderos de Fuerteventura in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, was this category’s second best.
A Murcia Curado from José Carrión-Central Quesera Montesinos made it to the second place in the Hard Goat’s Milk Cheeses ranking.
Andalusian La Princesa Ibérica Mini Sweet Sherry Wine Sheep Cheese, from Master Select Export in Málaga was the best of class in the Flavored Soft & Semi-Soft (Semi-Hard) Sheep’s Milk Cheeses category. The company’s Mini Fine Herbs Sheep Cheese received a silver medal.
Hard Sheep Cheese with pressed olives from Dehesa de los Llanos in Albacete, and Riojan Queso de Oveja Añejo from Los Cameros, made it, respectively, to the second and third place in the Hard Sheep’s Milk Cheeses category.
Ilbesa, from Benavente in Zamora was the best of class in the Soft and Semi-Soft (Semi-Hard) Mixed Milk Cheeses category.
The cheese competition is organized by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, an organization established in 1891 for dairy industry services, advocacy and international events.
Article: Rosa María González Lamas/©ICEX.
Picture: Juan Manuel Sanz / ICEX (Pix of Spain)