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Best Regions: Norway


From forests to fjords, the lush landscapes of Norway are a well-known haven for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, and adventure-seekers. Turns out, the diverse countryside is also pretty great for cheesemaking. Once primarily known for its brunost, or “brown cheese”—a fatty, firm block of boiled whey and cream with a distinctly nutty, caramel flavor—Norway’s cheese scene […]

Inside the World Cheese Awards


In November 2016 I arrived in San Sebastián, Spain, to judge the World Cheese Awards. In front of me stood 3,021 cheeses from 31 countries, adorning tables filling a room the size of a football field. Every type of wheel and wedge imaginable made an appearance —from traditional camembert and cheddar to Mozambican chèvre rolled […]

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Nordic Champion


A tiny dairy in Norway’s Tingvollost is quietly crafting the world’s best cheese in the northern fjords—Kraftkar, a Nordic champion.