Joseph Gallo Farms wins first place in world cheese competition

Joseph Gallo Farms, a cheese-making firm in Atwater, won a first place at the 2009 World Cheese Awards, held Oct. 1-3 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The annual competition featured more than 2,000 entries from 34 countries. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges drawn from 23 nations across the globe.

Gallo received its first place in the mild provolone cheese category. The firm also received a third-place award in the mild cheddar cheese category.

The event was hosted by the Guild of Fine Foods, and 37 artisan cheese-makers from the U.S. received 79 medals at the awards.