Gorgonzola "Piccante" DOP is a soft, sharp, aged blue cheese made with full fat, pasteurised, cow's milk. The cheese took its name from a small town in Lombardy near Milan, where it said to have been born in the 12th century.
It has a white or pale yellow compact, crumbly paste speckled with a homogeneous distribution of bluish-green marbling. The rind is compact, rough, hard and grey in colour. It differs from its cousin Gorgonzola Dolce in that the flavours are strong, intense and sharp with a pungent, spicy bite coming early on.
The Cheese Shop recommends pairing it with honey, and full bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz and ports.
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Milk Variety: Cows'
- Style of Cheese: Blue
- Pasteurised: Yes
- For pregnant women: No