Anyone well versed in the history of California cheesemaking should knows the name Ig Vella. What began as a family business started by Tom Vella in 1931 is now one of the most esteemed sustainable dairy businesses in the state, and the producer of some very fine cheese.
This special select Dry Jack is extra aged for a dense, crystalline texture with a flaky and crunchy bite. Each wheel is rubbed with a mixture of oil, black pepper and cocoa powder to protect the cheese within without imparting any strong flavors. Dry Jack is rich and nutty like a good Parmigiano Reggiano, but tastes more smooth and buttery.
In our shop we love to recommend this cheese to hikers, campers or travelers, as it holds up quite well without refrigeration. But don’t wait for a picnic to try it; this is a great choice for a cheese platter or as a milder substitute for any grating cheese. Pairs astonishingly well with just about everything.