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Best Wisconsin Cheeses for Closing Gifts
May 29, 2020

Best Wisconsin Cheeses for Closing Gifts

by The CE Shop Team

Try these cheeses for your next closing gift

We all know cheese is a big deal in Wisconsin. It’s no surprise that the state dominates the cheese market, having produced a record-setting 3.37 billion pounds of the good stuff in 2017. Taking hold of 26.6 percent of the country's entire output, Wisconsin knows cheese and appreciates quality dairy products.

Even as residents, it’s difficult to know the full variety of cheeses and cheesemakers in the state. When you walk into the grocery store or your local wine & cheese store, you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed when trying to pick a yummy cheese for your soon to be closing gift.

So, let’s break down the hard, soft, and stinky cheeses you should look for.

Hard Cheeses

Sharp Cheddar Maple Leaf Cheesemakers of Monroe - A duo out of Monroe, WI, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers have consistently produced some of the best cheddar cheeses in the state of Wisconsin. They’ve taken home awards in both national and global cheese competitions.

Smoked Gouda Marieke Gouda of Thorp - Rooted in modern family farming, Penterman Farms is a family operation that produces the award-winning Marieke Gouda. Look for the Marieke Gouda with a hint of cumin, which is a new favorite that is sure to please anyone’s taste buds.

Bandaged Cheddar from Bleu Mont Dairy - Bleu Mont Dairy, run by Willi Lehner, is an innovative cheese artisan that enjoys experimenting with different approaches. Bandaged Cheddar is true to the name in that Lehner wraps the cheese like a mummy and stores it in a cave. Stored for at least one year, this creates a beautiful meld of sweetness and acidity.

Soft Cheeses

Rush Creek Reserve from Uplands Cheese - Located in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, Uplands Cheese is a unique farm that sits on 300 acres of rolling hills, allowing pockets of grazing for cows. This exclusive cheese is only released every autumn due to the cow’s transition from pasture feeding in the summer to dry hay in the fall.

Monroe by Roth Cheese - Inspired by Swiss family heritage, Roth Cheese is a farm in a southwest pocket of Wisconsin also in the Driftless region. This award-winning cheesemaker uses some of the highest-quality milk that Wisconsin has to offer, which is conveniently located just down the road from the farm.

Leopold from Creme de la Coulee - Creating artisan cheeses inspired by French soft-ripened cheesemaking traditions, Creme de la Coulee is rooted in traditional cheesemaking. They source all of their milk and other resources from local farmers and businesses focused on creating a “taste from the land.”

The Stinky Cheeses

Limburger Chalet Cheese Cooperative - The Chalet Cheese Cooperative has been in operation since 1885 and is the only place in the U.S. that still makes Limburger cheese. Limburger cheese is known for its pungent smell caused by a certain bacterium in the cheese.

Earth Schmier Bleu Mont Dairy - This Havarti-based cheese is another experiment by Willi Lehner, into which he incorporates microbes from the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Earth Schmier is a cave-created cheese much like other creations by Lehner.

Aged Brick Widmer's Cheese Cellars - A Blue Ribbon Winner made from a blend of Aged Brick and White Cheddar, this is a delectable spread. Widmer’s Cheese Cellars planted roots in Wisconsin more than 80 years ago. Embracing manufacturing techniques handed down through generations, this cheesemaker produces some of the finest Brick, Cheddar and Colby cheeses in the world.

When it comes to selecting a cheese to give to a client after closing on a home, there are so many high-quality world-winning artisans and small-batch cheesemakers that you can’t go wrong. You might have a local favorite that you want new residents to know, which adds even more to the closing gift gesture. Make these fun, unique, and genuine to new residents in your community.

Closing gifts are a great way for you to end the buying and selling process on a good note to fully nurture your new client relationship. It’s an important part of the process that real estate agents can really own and take advantage of.

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