California first-place winners included
Belfiore Cheese Company, Berkeley, for Ricotta; Cowgirl Creamery, Pt. Reyes, for Mt. Tam; Marin French Cheese Company, Petaluma, for Camembert;
According to the press annoucement, 14 California cow's milk cheesemakers - almost half of the state's total number of cow's milk specialty cheese producers - received awards.
Among the big winners were Cowgirl Creamery and Marin-French Cheese Company with four awards each, and Sierra Nevada Cheese Co. (mmmmm...cream cheese) with three awards.
Cypress Grove won several awards as did Redwood Hill; Spring Hills Firehouse Cheddar took 2nd in the flavored cheese category and Strauss' organic butter won also.
It's a big 17-page PDF link below if you are a curious mouse.