An original recipe, made by cheesemaker Mariano Gonzales. Fiscalini Farms has been a family dairy since 1914, and began making cheese in late 2000.
San Joaquin Gold is named for the rolling San Joaquin valley that the dairy calls home. The recipe is inspired by the aged Swiss mountain cheeses that reminded the Fiscalini’s of their Swiss heritage. Made from raw cow’s milk from the family’s own herd, the cheese is aged for 12-16 months until firm and dense. San Joaquin Gold is bright like a cheddar, but with hints of sweetness reminiscent of Gouda or Gruyere. The texture is open and pliant, showing off the curd structure of the cheese. Delightful to cook with, but we think it shines more as an eating cheese, best enjoyed with your favorite beverage and a fruit or charcuterie plate. Pairs with everything, from rich red wines, full-bodied brown ales, or a California Chardonnay.