The American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization founded to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry, recently held their annual conference and competition in Raleigh, NC. The 2012 ACS Judging & Competition was their largest ever, with over 250 companies submitting 1,711 products. Cheeses are judged on quality as well as a technical evaluation. The 2012 winners can be found at the link above. In the coming weeks we will be trying to bring some of these winners into Vineyard Market, and Lauren will be introducing them via the blog, so keep an eye out!