Gorgonzola Piccante DOP is a soft, sharp, aged blue cheese made with 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 an ivory, marbled crumbly paste speckled with a homogeneous distribution of liberal blue veins. The rind is compact, rough, hard and grey in colour and usually comes covered in a tin foil. Flavours are strong, intense and sharp with a pungent, spicy bite coming early on. It takes a minimum of 80 days ageing to let Gorgonzola demonstrate its unique characteristics. The cheese pairs well with port, mead, marsala wines and rum. The cheese also goes well with creamy sauces or salads.