FARMSTEAD ITALIAN CHEESE COLLECTION

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HIGHWAY ONE (FONTINA STYLE)

Highway One is our version of an old style Fontina. Its texture is silky and creamy, with the traditional Fontina flavor that pairs great with Italian wines and cuisine. This unpasteurized cheese has been aged for at least 80 days. It is mildly fruity, with a nutty flavor and aroma. It is a perfect anytime cheese; great for melting as well as on a sandwich or on an appetizer plate with crackers. It was awarded a bronze medal at the California State Fair in 2012, as well as the double gold at Sonoma Harvest Fair.

ESTERO GOLD (MONTASIO STYLE)

Estero gold is handmade in the style of an Asiago, reminiscent of a Montasio, two of the famous cheeses from the Swiss-Italian dairy country. Our young cheese, at about 6 months aged, is very pliable, with grassy, fruity overtones. As it continues to age, the flavor deepens, becoming complex and nutty. It has an open texture with small holes and straw-like coloring. Its subtle, creamy and buttery taste nicely complements other foods. Its fine rustic flavor can be paired with any wine. We can’t think of a better tasting snack than a piece of Estero Gold with a ripe pear. It also melts wonderfully in pastas and polenta, or try it shredded on a salad.

ESTERO GOLD 'RESERVE' (MONTASIO STYLE)

This is the same cheese as the Estero Gold, only this is aged for a minimum of 16 months. As it ages, it develops a stronger flavor, a harder and dryer texture, and becomes similar to a parmesan style cheese.  If you enjoy extra-aged cheeses with those little granular “crunchies” known as crystals, you will love this cheese. The “crunchies” are formed from the amino acid tyrosine, which are common in high-protein, extra-aged cheeses. The “reserve” is a great cheese for grating and also goes amazing with a glass of red wine. In the fall of 2012, Estero Gold Reserve won the California State Fair Cheese Competition with the Best of Show.