Rogue River Blue Cheese

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SOLD OUT: the World Champion Cheese, Rogue River Blue

In October 2019, a panel of over 250 of the world’s foremost cheese connoisseurs named our Rogue River Blue the “Best Cheese in the World” at the 2019/2020 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. Produced seasonally, and availability is limited. To be notified when you can preorder 2021 Rogue River Blue, please enter your email address below:

Rogue River Blue

(32 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.

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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.

2019/2020 World Cheese Awards: World Champion Cheese

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

32 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!

  14. Steve Ward

    Without doubt, the finest blue I’ve ever eaten. The texture, the flood of sweet, salty, fruit and creaminess made this one of the most enjoyable eating sensation ever experienced. I bought a wheel last year and shared and will do the same this year. The pleasure was all mine!

  15. Lawrence M. Blotzer

    Not as good as last year’s.
    Just (2 Oct 2020) bought some from Whole Foods in Portland ($42.99/lb).
    It’s good but not like last year’s which was a flavor bomb and had these neat crystals through out the cheese. Maybe it needs to be aged more?
    I’ll buy some more later in the month to give it another try but my current purchase disappointed me and was definitely not worth the price.

  16. Svilen A Ivanov

    I had this last year and it was so amazing. The little crunchy particles says it’s no ordinary cheese. I ordered it this year too and I’m buying wine with it too.

  17. Sharon Pearson

    We received our cheese within the two days, but it was delivered warm, even at 9:30 in the morning, Sept 4. Does not feel like it was ever chilled in the shipping container. Both quarter wheels were melted, one more than the other. We refrigerated them for a couple of days and were very disappointed in the outcome.
    We bought some at a store last year and it was very good. Will never order it this way again.
    I was not going to send a review, as I was so disappointed. But figured I should let others know they were not alone. I did send an email when order was received.

  18. Marlene McNiece

    Amazing taste! We shared with a cheese-aficionado friend and she was blown away by the depth of flavor and the smooth creaminess. As were we. I’ve always loved blue cheese, and this is the best I’ve ever tasted.

  19. Sharon Pearson

    We received our 2 quarters of Rogue River Blue on Sept. 4, as promised. I promptly emailed Rogue River Creamery to advise them that the cheese was somewhat melted, 1 quarter more than the other. It was delivered about 9:30 am and I got it within 5 minutes of it being delivered. I immediately put it in the refrigerator. The packaging was an silver insulated box with 4 ice packs in it and some brown crinkled paper. The ice packs were 100% warm and the brown crinkled paper did not look like it had ever gotten wet, like it would have if ice packs melted.
    The Creamery just said it was received during the time it was scheduled so there was no recourse, so basically too bad for the $160.00. Very Dissapointed! Either their packaging is flawed or FedEx failed miserably!
    Even after a few days in the refrigerator cheese was not good.
    We had bought some at a store last year and it was very good.
    Just letting other people who had similar experiences that they were not alone!

  20. Phillip

    I have had an association with blues for decades as a family tradition was of partaking in a homemade blue cheese dip at gatherings for the holidays for decades.
    It has led me to frequently purchase and enjoy blues throughout my life and travels.
    I was excited to taste the Rogue River Blue and found it to be the most distinctive Blue I have ever tassted. Simply delicious and deserving of all the accolades.
    I recommend this to any. We paired it with a late harvest Saterne and it was wonderful!

  21. Todd Rollin

    Every bite of this miraculous creation unleashes new surprises, particularly when paired with fruit, a dessert wine or sherry. I hadn’t tasted this Blue in a year or so until today, and was immediately reminded how it brings so many shades of subtle flavors together, harmoniously, to make what in my experience is an unequaled flavor experience – blue, or otherwise. Thank you for continuing to produce it, and produce it at such a high level of execution.

  22. Fernando Lana

    Outstanding, sublime, divine and out of this world! My taste buds went rogue in an adventure of delightful experience.

    Thank you.

  23. David Nelson (verified owner)

    I found this for the 1st time last year and was amazed. I pre-ordered a whole wheel this year, so I could give it as (early) Christmas gifts. Everyone who has received it has been ecstatic about it – informing me that I am good to go every year with this gift. So, thanks for the amazing cheese AND for making my future Christmas shopping a breeze!

  24. Scott

    I was picking up a completely different cheese at our grocery store and the lady setting out the cheese raved about it as we tlked about hat elese to get and she even had some back story on it, enough to make it an intriguing buy.

    So worth the money. The flavor is complex but not overwhelming as some blue cheese can be. The crystals we wondrous and this is by far the best blue I have had in a long time, if not the best.

  25. Rick Fletcher (verified owner)

    Received a quarter wheel in North Carolina the day before Thanksgiving to share with family. We enjoyed it immensely last year. The package arrived with hard gel packs all the way around. We all felt this year’s edition was better than last year! We enjoyed the creamier texture without the crystals that we experienced last year, and we felt the cheese was more flavorful. So much going on with the cheese and its wrapper. Already anticipating next holiday season!

  26. Sean Patric

    Congratulations This is a world-class cheese -flavor- texture -creaminess -extremely mild absolutely delicious…… A must have if you are a cheese lover this will be my second purchase need one for the New Year FABULOUS !!!!!!

  27. Tina M Hallquist

    I have always loved Blue Cheese!! Well… I just tested the best Blue Cheese ever. It’s Rogue Blue!! I’m in love. ❤❤❤

  28. Romy

    Now, I’ve never cried over a cheese before, but this cheese sparked a few. Wonderfully complex, with delightful crystals and a phenomenal blue flavor. I received a few fantastic Christmas gifts this year, but the cheese tops the list as the best.

  29. Catherine Kayser (verified owner)

    This blue did not disappoint. I ordered another wedge for a foodie friend for the holidays and she loved this gift. It deserves the award for best cheese in the world. Absolutely fantastic. Congratulations.

  30. Sherrie Saunders

    I so enjoyed reading ALL about this amazing “Best in the World Rogue Blue” and REALLY WANT to try it in 2021!! This Rogue Blue would be a very special purchase for us. I am a little concerned about ordering and the Blue not arriving to WISCONSIN in a timely fashion with the Blue substance and flavors as they should be. Is there an assurance or insurance to cover loss in the event it is “melted”?
    Thank YOU,
    Sherrie Saunders

    • Marguerite Merritt

      Hello Sherrie! We ship to all 50 states regularly, so will not have any issues shipping you your cheese. All our boxes are packed with insulation and gel packs, and we have run temperature tests which conclude that, in the vast majority of instances (including in the hot summer months), our cheeses stay within a desirable temperature range throughout the duration of their transit when shipped using 2-day shipping (the most economical shipping option that we offer). However, if you want extra assurance, you are more than welcome to opt for overnight shipping rather than 2-day. Thank you and have a good day!

  31. Tom Van Otteren

    Just had the opportunity to taste this. My first reaction was the exact phrase out of Stanley Tuccis’ mouth in his Italian food series, which he uttered about once a minute. “Oh my god!”. Nothing I’ve ever had compares to Rogue River Blue. Bravo!!!

  32. RF Barnes (verified owner)

    An amazing blue cheese! The quarter wheel did not last long as the family enjoyed it immensely and kept asking for blue cheese every evening until it was gone.

    Not only was the blue cheese amazing but so was the customer service from Rogue Creamery.

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