Deeply Inhaling a Prizewinning Cheddar

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Daniel Greenberg is the cheese buyer at Cheese Plus in San Francisco. The shop is currently hosting a Winter Artisan American Cheese Fair that features a wide variety of American cheeses, cheesemakers, and writers on cheese.

I hung out behind the counter with Dan, who was busy re-wrapping, rearranging, and restocking the cheese counter.

Dan's cheese choice of the day was "Snow White Goat Cheddar" from Carr Valley Cheese in Wisconsin. Made by master cheesemaker Sid Cook, Snow White Goat Cheddar won Best of Show at the American Cheese Society's annual competition in 2008.

The wheel weighs around 38 pounds and, like many traditional cheddars, is bound in cloth. As the cheese ages, it develops a mottled, gray, and white surface. Dan slices the wheel in half. It releases a sweet, milky, toffee aroma. We both inhale deeply.

Elsewhere:

If you like, check out the artisan cheese trend that's taken hold.

Or, get your slice here at the Tasty Planner blog. There's a list of the runner-ups of the American Cheese Society's 2008 competition, so you can find the best of the rest.

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Daphne Zepos ranks among the most outspoken and dynamic cheese advocates in the United States. She is a former board member for the American Cheese Society, and was Chairperson of the ACS Annual Cheese Competition from 1999 to 2002.

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