Montasio cheese was created in the Italian provinces of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giula. After getting its humble start as a monastery cheese, it was awarded a DOC status which limits its production to a specific region of Italy in order to control the production and quality of the Montasio.
This cow’s milk cheese can be aged for any amount of time between sixty days and ten months, each degree of maturation; fresh, middle and aged, brings something new and more complex to the flavor and texture of this cheese.
This cheese has a soft and smooth texture that becomes drier and gives way to crumbling as it ages. The rind becomes deeper in color during the maturation process, while the paste looses a bit of its sweetness and takes on a more piquant flavor.
Montasio is incredibly versatile; grate it into any meal where you want an extra punch of flavor, or try serving slices as a snacking cheese with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.