Cheese Information

Monforte Toscano

Cheesemaker

Monforte Dairy

Origin

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Milk Type

Pasteurized

Animal

Sheep

Rind

Natural

Firmness

Firm

About

Monforte Toscano is a local, Ontario-made cheese with a wonderful flavour and a big personality. Monforte Toscano is made at the Monforte Dairy in Stratford, ON by a resourceful cheesemaker named Ruth Klahsen. Ms. Klahsen works endlessly to put out unique cheeses that help to give Ontario cheese a good name. Her Toscano is a great sheep’s-milk cheese with cooked, pressed curd and a natural, brushed rind. It is based largely on Italian Pecorinos.

Taste Notes

The Monforte Toscano is a lovely, bold cheese, certain to be admired by any cheese lover. It is aged for 6 months to achieve its coarsely textured rind and warm coloured interior. It has a full, rich texture which meets between smooth and crumbly and tastes earthy, sweet and like fresh straw – as though you could taste the terroir of the cheese. Enjoy this cheese on its own to fully explore its flavours, grate it, or try it out on a grilled cheese with a grainy, homestyle bread for a down-to-earth experience.

Pairings

Pair your Toscano with reds such as Chianti or other full-bodied reds.

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