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Formagella

Producer
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Country
United States
Region
California
Size
2” tall, 3-4” diameter
Weight
10 oz
Website
www.nicasiocheese.com
Milk
Cow
Classification
Soft
Rennet
Animal
Rind
Mold Ripened

Located in Nicasio, California, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company is owned and operated by the Lafranchi family. Founded by Fredolino Lafranchi in 1919, Lafranchi Ranch, was a dream come true for the Swiss immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17. The ranch became a family operation years later when Will Lafranchi, Fredolino’s eldest son took over running the business. Throughout this period, family connections to Switzerland remained strong and Will, along with his family, visited many times. These visits were filled with locally produced food, including artisanal cheeses at every meal. Inspired by his experiences in the old country, Will dreamed of producing great cheese on his ranch. Unfortunately, Will was unable to achieve this dream during his lifetime, but his children who now run the ranch, founded Nicasio Valley Cheese Company. Nicasio Valley Cheese focuses on bringing cheeses inspired by their family heritage to the U.S. Using rotational grazing for their herd of 400 cows and sustainable practices throughout the ranch, 100% of their herd is certified organically raised and their milk is used for the production of cheese. The creamery is located in a converted milking barn and recycled shipping containers are used as the aging rooms. Formagella is a small bloomy rind cheese made in the style of Camembert. It has a dry snow-white rind that has a rough appearance with a mineral aroma.

Tasting Notes

Inside is an ivory to pale yellow paste that has a decadently oozy texture and a grassy aroma. The flavor is mild with a touch of tang.

Pairings

With its mild flavors, Formagella is best paired with a White Bordeaux or dry Sparkling Wine. Serving suggestions include pairing it with fruit, in salads, or on sandwiches.

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