Monterey Jack is a true American original. Some say this cheese was invented by the Franciscan Monks who lived on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula. Whoever first made this mouth-pleasing enjoyment did a good thing for us all. Monterey Jack is a semi-soft cow's milk cheese. The natural flavor of Monterey Jack is a really nice pairing with Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG. The mild taste and creaminess of the Monterey Jack coats your tongue and then the Chianti rolls right down The Cheese Highway to pleasure.
A fun party idea is to fill your cheese board with the original Monterey Jack cheese and then add in the flavored ones like Pepper, Onion, Jalapeno, Pesto and even Garlic flavored versions. Then properly execute The Cheese Highway and experience the side roads these flavors will take you and your guests.
This cheese's easy melting quality is a natural for grilled cheese sandwiches. Take a Jalapeno Monterey Jack and grate it then spread one side of the bread with A Perfect Pear from Napa Valley's Pepper Jelly. Add the cheese and close up the sandwich then grill. Then take a sip of your wine and you will taste the robust qualities from the sandwich and from the Chianti. Have fun!