Rogue River Blue

(2 customer reviews)

From: $40.00

From: $40.00

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As fall comes to the Rogue Valley, cooler temperatures and wet weather bring renewed growth to the pastures. This is when our cow’s milk is at its best – and it’s only during these months that we make our limited edition, seasonal Rogue River Blue – a cheese that has now been named 2019/2020 World Champion at the World Cheese Awards. After 9 to 11 months of careful tending in our aging caves, our team hand-wraps each wheel in organic, biodynamic Syrah grape leaves that have soaked in pear spirits. Each September on the Autumnal Equinox, the vats again begin to fill with milk that will one day become this distinctive cheese. This is the day we celebrate the release of the year’s Rogue River Blue.


Appearance: Grape leaves encase an antique linen-hued paste with toile-style bluing

Texture: Fudgy and rich, with calcium lactate crystals that develop with age

Taste: Pear brandy, vanilla, toffee, truffle, and fig, with pronounced “blue” flavor

Suggested Pairings:

  • Needing no accompaniment, Rogue River Blue shines spectacularly when on its own or with a simple fruit compote. Added to salads or meats, it lifts cuisine to new heights and offers chefs an opportunity to integrate its wealth of complex flavors into their dishes.
  • Choose wines of age and distinction: Viognier, classic French or German Gewurztraminers, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Sauternes are favorite pairings. Hazelnut Porter or Chocolate Stout bring out nuanced, earthy and nutty flavors, as do pear brandy, whiskey, and bourbon.

Key Details:

  • Wrapped in Syrah grape leaves that are soaked in pear spirits
  • Aged a minimum of 9-12 months
  • Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth
  • Vegetarian-friendly and gluten free
  • Milk is rBST free

Shelf Life: 180 days

Suggested Storage: Keep refrigerated at 38°– 40° F

Milk type: Certified Organic pasteurized cow’s milk

Rennet: Organic, vegetarian, Kosher, and GMO-free microbial enzyme

Ingredients: Certified Organic pasteurized whole cow milk, salt, enzymes, cheese cultures, Penicillium Roqueforti, grape leaves, organic pear liqueur.

2018 Specialty Food Association sofi Awards: Gold (Cow’s Milk Cheese)

2016 Good Food Awards: 1st Place (Cheese)

2015 American Cheese Society Competition: 2nd Place Silver (Rinded Blue-Veined)

2015 United States Championship Cheese Contest: Best in Class (Blue-Veined Cheese)

2013 American Cheese Society Awards: 1st Place (Rinded Blue-Veined Cow’s Milk)

2012 World Cheese Awards: SuperGold (Best American Cheese)

2011 American Cheese Society Competition: Best in Show

2010 American Cheese Society Competition: 2nd Place (Blue-Veined)

2009 American Cheese Society Competition: Best in Show

2009 American Cheese Society Competition: 1st Place (Blue-Veined)

2009 American Cheese Society Competition: 2nd Place (Blue-Veined) — for Mini Rogue River Blue

2008 World Championship Cheese Contest: 3rd Place (Blue, Exterior Molding)

2007 American Cheese Society Competition: 2nd Place (Blue Cheese)

2006 NASFT Outstanding Product Line Award

2006 World Cheese Awards: 2nd Place (Blue, External Mold)

2004 World Cheese Awards: 1st Place (Blue, External Mold)

2004 World Cheese Awards: 1st Place (Blue made outside of UK) 

2003 World Cheese Awards: Best Blue Cheese in the World

2003 World Cheese Awards: Best American Cheese

2 reviews for Rogue River Blue

  1. Carrie Edgerton

    Very creamy. Each taste gave a different note. Sweet, salty, fruity, nutty. Very mild blue cheese flavor with delucate notes of pear and hazel nut. Best Blue Cheese I’d ever tasted.

  2. Julie Gates

    First and foremost,

    Congratulations on your award winning cheese!!! I’m sure you’re proud and excited to hold that prestigious title. And hard work pays off. As we are on standby during covid is how I discovered your cheeses. I’m seeking out the finer experiences in life and appreciate those who work hard for great reward. Now you’ve done the work and we get to taste the rewards. I would love to try it and know that you are out. I sit patiently in texas til you have more available.

    Just wanted to say Congrats!

    PS. Which should I try while waiting for Rogue River Blue?

    • Marguerite Merritt

      Hello Julie – and thank you for your kind words. We are so grateful for the support of the artisan cheese community and customers like you!! While you wait, we recommend trying Oregon Blue. This is the original blue cheese recipe we’ve been using since 1953, and the one on which the Rogue River Blue recipe is based. Just a few more weeks until we start shipping out Rogue River Blue!

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