Wine & Cheese for Winter Nibbling
On: December 29, 2014
PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO FROM MALANDRONE
We have had many discussions this year about Parmigiano and the many different types marketed to consumers from plastic green containers to inexpensive tasteless renditions. Keep in mind that Parmigiano-Reggiano is to taste a piece of Italian culinary, cultural and indeed a sense of place as it is made nearly the same way since the 12th century only from the regions of Modena, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and a small part each of Bologna and Mantova. The cows from which the milk comes from cannot be fed silage, only fresh grass, hay or alfalfa and is made from skim milk, reducing the fat content of the cheese. Ours is Extra, being aged longer than the typical Parmigiano and the Minelli Family whom we’ve visited in the beautiful countryside just outside of Modena, produces just 14 wheels of this magnificent cheese per day! Of all the Parmigiano-Reggiano we’ve tasted over the years, this continues to be our favorite. Whether using on a cheese plate, in a soup or salad, or over pasta, and a great value as well!
CARR VALLEY GLACIER BLUE
The blue-lovers bleu! We love this Wisconsin producer which the Cook family has built over 100 years in Wisconsin and guided by the ingenuity of master cheese maker, Sid Cook who has graciously educated our cheesemongers several times at his facility. Made in small batches it has that wonderful piquant nuance of blue, yet is quite clean on the palate.
We discovered this wonderful cheese on a trip to the Italian Alps a few years back. We recently received this in a 300 pound wheel, making an interesting cutting day for Springboro Cheese Shop Manager Maritza. Crucolo is a cows milk cheese from Trentino-Alto Aldige region. It is produced entirely by one producer, Rifugio Crucolo, and while similar in appearance to Asiago, it is softer, more pliable with a rich flavorful tone with a buttery, tangy finish.
HENRIQUES ‘H’ COTES DU ROUSSILLON
This wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan and is extremely food friendly. Showing lots of pretty raspberry fruit, sage, and garrigue. It works well with grilled meats and pasta dishes.
FAILLA 2012 SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR
Aged in French oak and extremely expressive, Failla is the personal project of the talented Ehren Jordan of Turley fame! A couple of years ago we visited this winery and were thrilled with the quality of the wines and continue to think they are perfect representatives of their varietals and under priced.
CHAPPELLET 2012 SIGNATURE NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
I have been a fan of these wines since the early 90’s and while the Chappellet’s children have taken over the responsibilities of the winery, these wines continue to amaze… and are very well priced when considering their “cult winery” neighbors on Pritchard Hill on the eastern hills of Napa. Full bodied with black currant, black cherry, expresso, and bittersweet chocolate all framed by toasty, spicy oak, and moderate tannins. A classic Napa Valley wine!