by Valley Ford Cheese Co. Product of the USA.
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. A 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. It also melts wonderfully in pastas and polenta, or try it shredded on a salad.
Purchased in the early 1900s, the Valley Ford Cheese Co.’s farm has been family-owned and operated ever since. Throughout the 20th century, the family acquired land throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties in California, and now milks a herd of about 400 Jersey cows. In 2008 Karen Bianchi, the fourth generation on the farm, decided it was time to make cheese. Her goal was to produce cheeses that pay homage to the family's Swiss-Italian roots while showcasing their fantastic Jersey milk.
Suggested pairing: a medium bodied red such as a Grenache Noir or Sangiovese
Ingredients: raw cow's milk, salt, cultures, rennet.
We ship perishable items in thermo-insulated cardboard boxes with reusable ice packs to insure that you food items arrive in good shape.
All cheeses we slice to order and wrap in cheese paper as we want you to enjoy original flavor of cheese - not damaged by vacuum or plastic.
All meats which require slicing we slice to order and lay it out on wax paper (deli-style) so it is easy to separate slices. Then we pack it in a plastic pouch with nitrogen purge (again, to make it easy to separate pieces we don't vacuum the meats but use commercial style food grade inert gas mix).
CALIFORNIA: Monday - Thursday. Cut off time for orders is 3.30 pm PST.
OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA: Monday - Wednesday. Cut off time for orders is 12.30 pm PST.
Note that the shipping method (for example, overnight) doesn't mean that your order will be processed and shipped on the same day you placed the order. Generally, allow us at least one day for processing your order.
Any US federal holidays may delay the shipment.
WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DELIVERY DELAYS BY CARRIERS.
Saturday delivery is not available at the moment.