Back in 2003 I fell in love with Modesto’s Fiscalini Bandaged Cheddar. Until that point I pretty much ignored the American-made counterparts and relied on the real deals when I hankered for the beloved British cheese. There were tons of other great California and American-made cheeses that didn’t encroach upon one of the world’s most favorite cheeses. However, my first bite of Fiscalini was indeed an epiphany. This farmstead cheese is aged for 18 months and wrapped in bandages, and because it’s made with the milk obtained from animals located on the farm it’s unique and unlike anything else. It’s tangy, complex, and a perfect mature cheese. Perfect perfect perfect perfect!
I wasn’t surprised when it won the 2004 American Cheese Society Silver Medal Awards; it’s one of the best American cheeses you can taste. However. I am completely giddy to hear it recently won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the cheddar categories in London at the 2007 World Cheese Awards.
Winning the Wyke Farms Trophy for best extra mature cheddar in the world is no easy feat, and the website says it’s the first time in the 20 year history of the WCA that this trophy has been granted to someone outside of Great Britain.
An American cheese winning best extra mature cheddar? People, this is an amazing feat! And it’s an amazing cheese! I suppose this means I’ll have to stop by the market tonight, grab a hunk and celebrate for dinner.
I mean, it’s the least I can do, right?
Way to go, Fiscalini!