Rogue River Blue Cheese

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AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME: the World Champion Cheese, Rogue River Blue!

Our 2020 vintage of Rogue River Blue is highly limited, and we are releasing a small number of wheels and wedges for sale every week. Purchase yours today to experience for yourself the cheese that international cheese experts ruled as the “Best Cheese in the World” at the 2019/2020 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy.

Rogue River Blue

(13 customer reviews)

From: $75.00

From: $75.00

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 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

13 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!

  3. Robert McGoldrick

    This cheese is magnificent! The rich flavors of blue with the smooth creaminess of a soft cheese. Definitely worthy of the title “best cheese in the world!” Just wish I had more right now!

  4. Barbara Duncan

    We just received our highly anticipated wedge of Rogue River Blue. Oh, was it worth the wait! Totally surpassed all expectations! It’s so creamy and every bite is a surprise. So many flavors. The grape leaves wrapping it are good too, and the pink part on the edges is flavorful. We were going to share it, but I’m not sure it will last till we visit them. Thank you for a scrumptious blend of flavors. Can’t wait till next time!

  5. Joe (verified owner)

    Best Blu ever. Not too creamy and not too hard. Just the right texture.
    The taste is crazy good. Your tongue buds will thank you.

  6. Robert & Catherine

    Oh my God!! We just tasted our Rouge River Blue!! AMAZING!! Like cheese candy. We will be ordering again for next year. Keep up the outstanding work.

  7. Velma

    Congratulations on your world famous cheese!
    We are not cheese connoisseurs, but we had to try your world famous cheese.
    What everyone said is true, it has so many flavors and is absolutely delicious.
    What a nice treat!
    Thank you,
    Velma & Jaye (Tucson, Arizona)

  8. Matthew Grace

    Having lived in France previously and also having traveled through most of the world… I can say without a doubt that this is the best cheese. And it’s American! With dozens of hidden flavors. Edible at all temperatures and able to be paired with anything, including wine, coffee, nuts, chocolate… It is also extremely versatile. Extremely pleased with my purchase. If you’re on the fence about this cheese, do yourself a favor and just buy it.

  9. Linda

    Unreal! I just had a taste of my new Blue which recently arrived. David, I don’t know how you do it! It is truly amazing!! I’m excited now for the Tasting! Thank you so much!

  10. Rene Reed

    My husband ordered this cheese for our anniversary. I’ve always known him to be my Prince Charming. Now I have proof in our fridge. This cheese is smooth and Pungent. The salt crystals always a pleasant surprise. Tonight we had it atop a sous vide steak. Perfection!

  11. Santana Tamarak

    rich and unyielding. great texture. hallucinatory by itself or with scotch. will enjoy for some time to come. thanks

  12. phillip

    I am not a blue cheese fan, but thought i would see what the “best cheese in the world” taste like. My expectations were so high i purchased a full wheel.

    The cheese arrived a day late was was so warm it was almost a “mush” texture. The pear liquor appeared to absorbed into the cheese. I quickly put in the frig (freezer first 1 hr.) to firm up. After 48 hrs. in the frig i decided to taste.

    I have to say i was deeply disappointed. I questioned myself if the cheese had ruined because it was delivered warm and the liquid was deeply penetrated. I personally will never purchase this cheese again. For those ‘blue cheese lovers” this may be great for you. The only advice i would give is to purchase a small amount. Lesson learned here!

    • Marguerite Merritt

      Hello Phillip, and thanks for your feedback. If FedEx or UPS delivered your cheese late, it’s very possible that its quality degraded as a result – and no amount of refrigeration after-the-fact can reverse that. We apologize for your negative experience and are assessing shipping options to limit these shipping problems, particularly in the summer months when temperature control is most challenging.

  13. Antonio Maggiore

    This is more than a cheese; it’s an experience! If you have the privilege of savoring this cheese, you are very fortunate. Check out the “Awards” section to get a glimpse into the well-deserved recognition it has received dating back to 2003. The flavors are complex and range from salty, to nutty, to sharp, and delicate at the same time. If you read the flavor profile, you will find all those complex flavors in the cheese. The textures enhance the experience; the creaminess of the cheese and the texture of the edible grape leaves affect the experience and add another layer to it. When it comes to a blue cheese, this has to be the king of them all. Very highly recommended!

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Rogue River Blue Upgrade Pack


Add this upgrade pack to your order for a top-notch Rogue River Blue experience!

  • One jar of Girl Meets Dirt Pear Cutting Preserves: our favorite spread to serve with Rogue River Blue. The addition of pink peppercorn accents the spicy-sweet notes in the cheese.
  • One box of Effie’s Homemade Original Oatcakes: we tested a variety of different crackers with Rogue River Blue, and these stood out. Their mild, nutty flavor and layered texture is a perfect complement to the cheese.
  • One Rogue River Blue commemorative molded magnet.

The same quantity of items is included per Upgrade Pack purchase, regardless of how much Rogue River Blue you are purchasing.


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