Five Medals for Point Reyes at 2019 American Cheese Society Annual Judging & Competition

Point Reyes, CA – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company took home five awards, including three First Place and two Third Place medals at the American Cheese Society’s Annual Judging & Competition in Richmond, VA on Friday, August 2nd. The recognition included:

•            Bay Blue, 1st Place in Blue-Veined, with rind or external coating, cows’ milk

•            Toma, 3rd Place in American Originals, original recipe, cows’ milk

•            Toma Provence, 3rd Place in American Originals, flavors added, cows’ milk

•            Pimento Cheese, 1st Place (tie) in Cold-Pack Cheese, flavors added, all milks

•            Original Blue & Date Spread, 1st Place (tie) in Cold-Pack Cheese, flavors added, all milks

The competition was fierce this year with 1,742 entries, made by 257 companies from throughout the Americas. “There are so many outstanding cheeses in competition, it’s a complete honor to come away with five awards” said Kuba Hemmerling, Head Cheese Maker/Plant Manager. “We’ve been focused on maintaining quality since we opened our second creamery last year. These awards reflect the entire team’s commitment to that, even while implementing new systems and adapting to new equipment.”

Lynn Giacomini, Co-Owner/COO added, “This is a really exciting time for our fast-growing company.  We are currently looking for experienced cheese makers to help us produce even more award-winning products!”

About Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

In 1959 Bob and Dean Giacomini established their successful dairy farm just north of Point Reyes Station in Marin County, CA.  In 2000, together with their daughters, the family began making hand-crafted cheese on the farm with milk from their own herd of Holsteins.  In 2010, they opened The Fork, a culinary and educational center, offering farm-to-table educational experiences for both consumers and the trade.  In 2018, now 100% Women-Owned by sisters Diana, Lynn and Jill, the company expanded to Petaluma, with the opening of a second creamery, warehouse and distribution center.  The Point Reyes Farmstead product line is available at independent cheese shops and specialty grocers, at The Fork, local-area farmers’ markets and online at