“Asiago” (mild domestic)
June 8, 2009
Country and region of origin: United States/Wisconsin
Milk: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk
Age: 6 Months
Rind: Brown wax···
Creamery: Saputo Foodservice (“Stella”)
Creamery website: Saputo Website
Properties: A fairly salty but mild semi-soft cheese that bears little resemblance to the Italian Asiago d’Allevo from which it gets its name, this is nonetheless a fairly popular cheese in this country.
Uses: a fine, inexpensive cheese for cooking and sandwiches.
Wine Pairings: This would be okay with a fruity red or a cold, clean white.
Production Notes: One of the reasons that Stella cheeses are so popular is that there is little-to-no variation between wheels. Stella mild asiago is the same in December as it is in June. That’s consistency is comforting to Stella’s particular demographic. An interesting note is that there is also little difference between this cheese and Stella’s Kasseri or Romano cheeses. The Romano is slightly drier, but in essence these are the same cheeses – interchangeably so. They are also nearly the same price. These are all customer favorites.