Fontina Val D'Aosta
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- Animal Rennet
- Age: 6 Months
- Cow Milk
- by Ciresa
Raw cow’s milk from the Italian Alps is the foundation for spicy, nutty Fontina Val d’Aosta. Made in the shadow of the Matterhorn, this semi-firm cheese has a smooth, pliant texture and plenty of fruity, grassy notes. Try it on its own with a glass of oaky Chardonnay, a bold Piemontese, or the indigenous Blanc de Morgex, or pair it on a cheese board with Firehook Multigrain Flax Crackers and McClure's Pickles Bread N' Butter Pickles.
- Valle d’Aosta is a region of northwest Italy bordered by France and Switzerland, and Fontina from the Italian portion of this region is the most authentic you can find.
- Fontina Val d’Aosta a DOP cheese made from the raw milk of cows that spend their days grazing the grassy pastures of the Italian Alps.
- It is recognizable by the outline of the Matterhorn mountain stamped on the rind.
- Fontina-style cheese dates back to the 13th century, and this modern Fontina Val d’Aosta is a continuation of a classic Italian masterpiece.
- Earning Italy’s DOP certification, this Fontina is locally sourced and produced.
- DOP is short for the Italian Denominazione di Origine Protetta, which translates to “protected designation of origin.”
- This certification indicates a cheese meets the highest quality standards and is made in the traditional way specified for that cheese.
- Since 1927, family-owned Ciresa has prided itself on its old-world affinage in a modern age.
- Now in its third generation, Ciresa is deeply invested in its craft and takes pride in their mastery.
- Their Taleggio is a world-renowned rendition of a classic Italian cheese that dates back to the 9th century.
- It is made by veteran cheesemakers, in open-vats combining the best of artisanship with non-invasive technology.
- While Ciresa uses the best of modern technology in their air filtration and refrigeration systems, cheeses are still salted, turned, washed, wrapped and cut by hand—preserving the techniques passed down from one generation to the next.
- For nearly a century, Ciresa has formed deep, personal connections to its customers, who now span across the globe.
Crisp and minerally, with flavors of apple and roasted pear.
A smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds. Dark fruits are present but with minimal tannins and no noticeable spice.