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Vella Cheeses

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High Moisture Monterey Jack Cheeses

Original Monterey Jack CheeseOriginal High Moisture Monterey Jack

There is no richer or more delicious Monterey Jack anywhere. Its rich, buttery, creamy texture and taste leaves a clean fresh flavor in your mouth. At room temperature, it's as soft and creamy as a fine Brie, but far more economical. The imprint of the muslin cloth on the back of the wheel shows that it has been rolled and shaped by hand (no machine-made cheese can ever match this level of character and individuality).

Block or Wheel?

Our high moisture Monterey Jack cheeses come in both blocks and wheels.

Block Jack is firmer so it slices and shreds easily. It is great for everyday use.
You can order any of our high moisture Monterey Jack cheeses in block form year round.

Wheel Jack is softer and creamier so it is great for a cheese plate or a gift.

2.5 lb. Block Original High Moisture Jack

$24

5 lb. Block Original High Moisture Jack

$41

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Original High Moisture Jack

$24

5 lb. Wheel Original High Moisture Jack

$41

Naturally Seasoned Monterey Jack Cheeses

Our naturally flavored Monterey Jack cheeses contain the same creamy cheese as the original high-moisture Monterey Jack, gently infused with natural flavor.

naturally seasoned jack cheesesThe high moisture Monterey Jack cheeses come in both blocks and wheels.

Block Jack is firmer so it slices and shreds easily. It is great for everyday use. You can order any of our high moisture Monterey Jack cheeses in block form year round.

Wheel Jack is softer and creamier so it is great for a cheese plate or a gift. The Original High Moisture Jack, Jalapeño Jack, and Habañero Jack are available in wheels year round. The other Naturally Seasoned Monterey Jack cheeses are only available in wheels from December 1-31.

Jalapeño Jack

The red and green jalapeño peppers are freshly delivered to us from our special source in New Mexico.

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2.5 lb. Block Jalapeño Jack

$25

5 lb. Block Jalapeño Jack

$42

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Jalapeño Jack

$25

5 lb. Wheel Jalapeño Jack

$42

2.5 lb. Block Habañero Jack

$28

Habañero Jack

This spicy cheese is seasoned with habañero chilies.

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5 lb. Block Habañero Jack

$47

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Habañero Jack

$28

5 lb. Wheel Habañero Jack

$47

Pesto Jack

The creamy sweetness of our Pesto Jack should not be missed. The result is a cheese suffused with piquant and delicate flavors. Great for spiced grilled cheese sandwiches. Wonderful alone, with crackers or grated on your favorite pasta dish!

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2.5 lb. Block Pesto Jack

$25

5 lb. Block Pesto Jack

$42

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Pesto Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$25

5 lb. Wheel Pesto Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$42

Rosemary Jack

We grow our own fresh rosemary gives this cheese a delightful flavor.

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2.5 lb. Block Rosemary Jack

$25

5 lb. Block Rosemary Jack

$42

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Rosemary Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$25

5 lb. Wheel Rosemary Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$42

2.5 lb. Block Garlic Jack

$25

Garlic Jack

Our Garlic Jack is enriched with California grown garlic.

5 lb. Block Garlic Jack

$42

2.5 lb. Half Wheel Garlic Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$25

5 lb. Wheel Garlic Jack
Holiday Special. Only available Dec 1 - December 30.

$42
Dry Monterey Jack Cheeses

Mezzo Secco (Partially Dry Monterey Jack)

Mezzo Secco represents our attempt to return to the 1930s. The genesis for this cheese lies in the need for a soft or medium soft cheese to hold up during the hot summer months in an "ice box." In California from the 1920's thru 1946, mechanical household refrigerators were found only in the homes of the wealthy, or in commercial establishments. The majority of households by far had iceboxes that were cooled by a melting block of ice. When summer weather came, milk and butter were placed directly onto the ice box, and other foods that needed cooling--including fresh cheese--were left to fend for themselves in the adjoining compartment.

Consumers requested a firmer fresh Jack that would not get runny, yet was not as firm as dry Monterey Jack. A midway formula evolved, hence Mezzo Secco, and was offered for sale from May to October, At the end of World War II, when mechanical household refrigeration became cheaply available, we stopped making Mezzo Secco.

In 1999, we revived Mezzo Secco, and were awarded a silver medal in the US Cheese Championships. Mezzo Secco is a delicious complement to our line of Dry Monterey Jacks, and continues to earn national and international recognition. Mezzo Secco is aged a minimum of four to seven months.

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2.5 lb. Quarter Wheel Mezzo Secco

$38

5.0 lb. Half Wheel Mezzo Secco

$64

10 lb. Wheel Mezzo Secco

$107

Oro Secco

When our Mezzo Secco cheese is aged longer—a full two years up to four years—it becomes especially golden and delicious, so we named it Oro Secco. Please call for availability and pricing.

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Dry Monterey Jack Cheese

A true masterpiece of American cheese-making and an exclusive with us. Made like fresh Monterey Jack and further aged for another seven to ten months. Firm, pale yellow with a sweet nutty flavor. This cheese is great fDry Monterey Jackor grating, shredding, slicing, cooking or just plain eating. Marvelous in toasted cheese sandwiches, omelets and souffles. Delicious shredded on pasta, soups or tacos --for a taste that is unique and special. Can also be added to casseroles and enchiladas. Dry Monterey Jack will become one of your favorites!

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2 lb. Quarter Wheel Dry Monterey Jack

$30

4 lb. Half Wheel Dry Monterey Jack

$52

8 lb. Wheel Dry Monterey Jack

$86

Special Select Dry Monterey Jack

Special Select has all the same qualities as our Dry Jack but is is aged a minimum of one year and up to two years. Special Select has a firmer texture than our traditional Dry Jack due to its extra aging (much like aged Reggiano Parmigiano) but it is well worth the effort. Special Select complements the flavor of fruits and wine and is excellent with pasta entrées. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

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1.8 lb. Quarter Wheel Special Select Dry Jack

$35

3.75 lb. Half Wheel Special Select Dry Jack

$58

7.5 lb. Wheel Special Select Dry Jack

$91

Golden Bear Dry Monterey Jack

Golden Bear has all the same qualities as our Special Select Dry Jack but it is aged from two to four years to make it even better!! This cheese has an even firmer texture than the Special Select Dry Jack due to its extra aging. Golden Bear is delicious eaten by itself when cut with a cheese wedge, or grated over any Italian delicacy.

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1.8 lb. Quarter Wheel Golden Bear Dry Jack

$50

3.5 lb. Half Wheel Golden Bear Dry Jack

$90

7 lb. Wheel Golden Bear Dry Jack

$141

habanero dry jack

Habañero Dry Monterey Jack

If you like our spicy cheeses, you will love this one. We added habañero peppers to our Dry Jack recipe and then aged the wheels for a year to allow the flavors to blend and mature. Delicious!!

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2 lb. Quarter Wheel Habañero Dry Jack

$41

4 lb. Half Wheel Habañero Dry Jack

$69

8 lb. Wheel Habañero Dry Jack

$116
Italian Style Cheeses

Asiago

This cheese originated in the commune of Asiago in the province of Vicenza, region of II Veneto in Italy. It was originally made from sheeps' milk, but it is Asiagonow universally made from cows' milk. The result is a sweet curd, grana-type cheese with a pleasant aroma. In concert with our other grating cheese, Dry Monterey Jack, Asiago may be used as a table cheese when young. Our founder, Thomas G. Vella, proudly claimed that this is the first Asiago made in California in 70 years.

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2.5 lb. Quarter Wheel Asiago

$36

5 lb. Half Wheel Asiago

$61

10 lb. Wheel Asiago

$102

Italian Style Table Cheese

Italian Style Table CheeseThis cheese is the California version of Fontina and has been recognized as a unique cheese type in competitions during the last few years in which it has been available. Excellent as a dessert cheese with fruits, a table cheese for snacks or an ingredient in all cheese recipes. Its subtle flavor and semi-firm texture represents the finest products of the California cheese-makers' art. Definitely recommended for use in Latin dishes.

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2.75 lb. Quarter Wheel Italian Style Table Cheese

$35

5.5 lb. Half Wheel Italian Style Table Cheese

$60

11 lb. Wheel Italian Style Table Cheese

$101

Toma

This soft, slightly-ripened cheese from the Piedmont area of the Italian Peninsula was originally made on the farm or in small local factories. It was a regional cheese. As the factories became larger, this cheese has been available in lesser amounts because it takes a great deal of hand labor and care. We believe we are the first US cheese factory that makes Toma.

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2.5 lb. Quarter Wheel Toma

$32

5 lb. Half Wheel Toma

$54

10 lb. Wheel Toma

$91

special select dry monterey jackRomanello Dolce

This Italian type cheese has been made by Vella Cheese Company as a dry grating cheese. However, we decided to make a younger, sweeter version for slicing and fresher use. By experimenting with various cultures, we arrived at this formula.

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Please call for availability and pricing

Cheddar Cheeses

Sharp Raw Milk CheddarSharp White Cheddar

Our Sharp White Cheddar is aged for an estimated two years and has a complex sharp flavor that lingers in your mouth. We've recaptured the way this cheese should taste.

It is an exclusive Bear Flag Brand product.

2.5 lb. Half Block Sharp White Cheddar

$29

5 lb. Block Sharp White Cheddar

$48

Daisy Cheddar

Hoops that shape cheese wheels come in different sizes, and a single-daisy wheel was 22.5 lbs. Later, cheesemakers devised the "California Daisy"which makes an 11 lb. wheel of cheese. Following a traditional cheddar recipe, Daisy Cheddar wheels are made by hand, like the other Vella cheeses.

daisy cheddar"A flavor mild enough to appeal to children,
and interesting enough for the cheese board."

Janet Fletcher, San Francisco Chronicle, October, 2007

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2.75 lb. Quarter Wheel Daisy Cheddar

$37

5.5 lb. Half Wheel Daisy Cheddar

$63

11 lb. Wheel Daisy Cheddar

$106

Daisy Cheddar with JalapeõsDaisy Cheddar with Jalapeños

The cheese judges really liked the addition of jalapeño peppers to our Daisy Cheddar.

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2.75 lb. Quarter Wheel Daisy Cheddar with Jalapeños

$39

5.5 lb. Half Wheel Daisy Cheddar with Jalapeños

$66

11 lb. Wheel Daisy Cheddar with Jalapeños

$111

All product weights are approximate.

Shipping costs will be calculated when you place your order.

For warm weather shipping, please reread the ground shipping caution
at the top of this page before choosing your shipping method.

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High Moisture Jack | Dry Jack | Italian | Cheddar