NW Cheesemakers

Washington and Oregon Artisans




  • An Original Story: Cavemaster 80:10:10
    August 27th 2020, 15:44

    If you haven’t met this iconic cheese yet, now’s your chance. 80:10:10, named for the mixed milk ration of cow, goat, and sheep’s milk cheese that comprises this buttery beauty, is more than just your run-of-the-mill washed rind creation. Aside from receiving honors at the 2019 ACS Awards, this fan favorite possesses a rare nomenclature: (...)

  • Refresh on Classic Cocktails
    August 18th 2020, 13:42

    When it comes to cheese pairings, cocktails are one thing we’ve always got on our minds. No matter the season, there’s a beverage recipe to suit the flavors you’re looking for, and we’re breaking down some of our own creative versions of classic cocktails in the hope that you’ll be inspired to stock up your (...)

  • Spotlight on Meadow Creek Dairy
    August 5th 2020, 16:23

    When it comes to award-winning artisanal cheese made with local milk, Meadow Creek is one of the country’s experts. Nestled in the mountains of southwest Virginia, this family-run farm and dairy is familiar with the hands-on, sustainable operation of turning the milk from their own farm into renowned cheeses like Grayson and Mountaineer. We sat (...)

  • Barbara Fiorica in Wilton, California
    October 25th 2020, 16:50
    Barbara and her husband have been raising and judging Cashmere and Angora goats for over 15 years (Caprette Cashmere).  They also have a few Nubians, which is why Barbara makes cheese. The Nubians are her big producers – more than a gallon a day.  However, they are currently dried off until January. Barbara has 5 (...)
  • Where to Buy Water Buffalo Milk in the U.S.
    October 19th 2020, 22:48
    There’s just something so loveable about domesticated water buffalos, including the proper name – Bubalus bubalis.  They’re “gentle giants,” weighing in at up to 2650 pounds and living for an average of 25 years. There are more than 130 million of them in the world and we could look at pictures of them all day! (...)
  • Brigitte Ruthman in Sandisfield, MA
    October 13th 2020, 23:30
    It’s rare that I get to interview a cheesemaker in person, particularly during this pandemic.  But, it was a beautiful drive to the Berkshires in Western MA and I found Brigitte’s log cabin high on a mountain at the end of a dirt road with no other signs of civilization in sight. She invited me (...)

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