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Asiago Pressato | Asiago Fresco DOP

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Cheese: Asiago Pressato (ah-see-YAH-goh preh-SAH-toh)

Who: Agriform

Where: Sommacampagna, Verona, Italy

Milk: cow, pasteurized

Rind: natural

Texture: semi-soft

Shape: wheel (~28lbs)

Flavor: mild, light mushrooms and butter

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Asiago Pressato or Fresco is not an artisan cheese. It’s also not the “young” version of the hard Asiago that most of us know. In actuality it’s a common Italian “industrial” cheese. It’s young, “pressed” to speed up ripening and sold as a table cheese.

It’s a good snacking cheese, good for sandwiches and is a good melty cheese too.

The texture is rubbery and chewy with a pleasntly mild, buttery and just a little mushroom flavor that lingers.

Wines: pair it with a good Italian Rosso whether your tastes run from a lighter Chianti or Barbera to a beefy aged Barbaresco.

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