PAIRING ITALIAN CHEESE AND WINE: IDEAL COMBINATIONS (I)

 

1. Robiola di Roccaverano  –  Barbaresco

 

The cheese

Made on the valleys of Asti, in a land that seems

hanging between past and present, forests and

farmsteads, Robiola di Roccaverano is the only

goat cheese with the Protected Designation of

Origin.The term “robiola”, which indicates this dairy

product, would probably derive from the Latin

“rubeolus”, an adjective used referring to the

reddish color of the surface, the typical shade

of this cheese, exalted as the seasoning goes by...

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Wines to pair 

Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2014

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2015

 

 

2. Cimonino della Valsassina – Valtelina Sassella

 

The cheese

Despite its similarity with the so-called ‘caprini’ made with cow’s milk (Italian legislation curiously permits a cow’s milk cheese to be called ‘goat’s cheese’ caprini…), this cheese is distinguished by the production methods and the careful ripening period which makes it stand out from the former.

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Wines to pair 

Mamete Prevostini Valtellina Superiore Sassella 2009

Casa Vinicola Pietro Nera Valtellina Superiore Sassella Alisio 2007

 

 

3. Cacioricotta – Marsala Vergine di Terre Arse

 

The cheese

Cacioricotta is a soft cheese typical of the Cilento National Park. It is found only in the southern regions, but the cacioricotta from the Cilento is something special. It is made from a mix of sheep and goat milk and obtains its unique flavor and aroma thanks to the native brush and vegetation that the free-range animals feed on. The cheese is highly prized, not only by local but by chefs around the world. It can be eaten plain, or used in both savory and sweet dishes.

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Wines to pair 

Cantine Florio Terre Arse Marsala Vergine

 

 

4. Caprino Stagionato – Merlot di Torre Rosazza

 

The cheese

Caprino is an Italian cheese traditionally made from whole or skim goat's milk. The name of the cheese derives from the Italian word for goat, capra. With modern methods of production, the cheese is made from cow's milk, as well, or a combination of both cow's and goat's milks. The two major styles of caprino are fresco (fresh) and stagionato(aged)

 

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Wines to pair   

Torre Rosazza 'Altromerlot' Merlot Colli Orientali del Friuli                                                                                                

 

 

5. Gorgonzola – Moscato di Panteleria

                                                                                         

The cheese

The story of Gorgonzola says that a dairyman fell in love                                                                                                  with a young girl, very beautiful but also somewhat                                                                                                            “frivolous”, for the fact that she seemed to be interested in                                                                                                many men. One day, the dairyman, while he was intent on                                                                                                coagulating milk to make cheese, thinking about the girl, let                                                                                              his mind wander and made a mess. In fact, he mixed the                                                                                                  rennet of the day before with the fresh one, creating a                                                                                                      cheese with a particularly bad scent...

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Wines to pair 

Moscato di Pantelleria DOC Kabir 2017  

Pellegrino Moscato di Pantelleria

 


6. Scamorza Affumicata – Pomino Rosso

 

The cheese

Scamorza is an Italian, spun paste cow’s milk cheese belonging to the pasta filata family. Shaped similar to a provolone in pear shape, it is available in many other forms as well. A semi-soft white cheese with a texture comparable to that of a firm, dry Mozzarella, Scamorza is made throughout Apulia and in some parts of Campania and Molise.

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Wines to pair

Frescobaldi Pomino Rosso 2001

Selvapiana Tuscany Petrognano Pomino Rosso 2011


7. Piacentinu Ennese  - Cerasuolo di Vittoria

 

The cheese

Piacentinu Ennese appears officially for the first time in a text of Sixteenth century, attributed to the famous Latin historian Gallo, who described the characteristics and the productive processes of a cheese made with saffron.

Instead, according to a romantic local legend handed down during the years, Ruggero il Normanno, King of Sicily, watching his sad wife, ordered to a local dairymen to realize a therapeutic cheese. After some different experiments, the dairymen decided to add a small amount of saffron to sheep milk, creating a cheese with an unusual yellow color and with important energizing and antidepressant properties, at that time attributed to the Crocus sativus.

 

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Wines to pair

Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2017

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2016

 

8. Caprino con vinacce di Moscato – Moscato di Scanza

 

The cheese

Cylindrical cheese, aged about 4 months. Aged for 30 days in fir boxes and covered with pink muscat pomace,

which transfer the taste and the scent of the wine to the cheese dough. Aromatic and fragrant, it becomes excellent if accompanied by a pink muscat.

 

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Wines to pair

Biava Moscato di Scanzo 2011 

 

 

9. Ricotta Affumicata – Ciro Bianco

 

The cheese

The production of smoked ricotta cheese is an ancient art of preserving fresh ricotta so that it keeps longer. It is produced from fresh ricotta cheese made from the milk we process ourselves. It is then left to dry out in special

rooms for several days before being salted on the surface and smoked in latest generation ovens for a few days.

 

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Wines to pair

Librandi Ciro Greco Bianco 2017

 

 

10. Ragusano – Grecanico

 

The cheese

Ragusano is an Italian PDO protected cheese made exclusively in provinces of Ragusa and Siracusa, Sicily.

It is one of the oldest cheeses in Sicily with evidence dating as early as 1500.  Originally known by the name

of Caciocavallo, it lost its historical name after it acquired the recognition of PDO. A hard cheese from the pasta

filata family, Ragusano is made with whole milk from Modicana breed of cows fed on fresh grass or hay. In

case where milk from other cow breeds is used, due to a scarcity of Modicana breed, the cheese is called

“Cosacavaddu rausanu”.

 

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Wines to pair

Di Giovanna Grecanico 2011

Planeta Sicilia Alastro Grecanico 2015

 

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