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Caciocavallo

$18.99/LB
Caciocavallo earns its name, literally ‘cheese on horseback’, from the way duos of gourd-shaped rounds are rope-bound and slung over a wooden board to drain and age. This 360-degree exposure to age and ambient microbes develops sharp, spicy flavors, a development continued in our own caves, where the cheeses hang among other aging wheels, picking up deep, earthy undertones and fruity aromas. Prior to this flavor-enriching aging process, the cow’s milk wheels are formed of warmed and stretched curd, spun into pasta filata globes, and submerged in a salamoia, or brine, for up to 24 hours. The result is like mozzarella on steroids or provolone with better manners- a layered, complex cheese, perfect for slicing aside a hunk of cacciatore and a glass of spicy Italian red, like Primitivo.

Just the facts

Country Italy
Region Basilicata
Milk Type Cow
Pasteurization Pasteurized
Rennet Type Animal
Age 4-6 months
Cheese Type Parmigiano and Grating
Wheel Weight 3 lbs.
Pairing Recommendations

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  • Cider

    Brie and apples, cheddar and apples – both delicious! Why not extend that deliciousness to apples in liquid form? Enjoy cider and cheese for a pairing to remember.

    English style: drier, more like a beer, with nice acidity.
    Pair with: : Just about anything but we love it with firm natural rind cheese, like Landaff.

    Basque/Normandy : barnyardy and funky, but still with a little sweetness.
    Pair with: A beefy washed rind, like Grayson or Hudson Red to contrast the sugar and bring out the funk.

     

    American Cider: often, but not always on the sweeter side.
    Pair with: Sweet and earthy Bleumont Bandaged Cheddar or malty Bleu d’Auvergne.

  • Lagers and Kolsch

    Lager, Dunkel, Schwarz, Pilsner, Kolsch Ale

    Lagers run the gamut from crisp, pale Pilsners to dark-malted Dunkels and Märzens. Flavors are typically approachable and mellow, a delicate balance of toasted bread, gentle sweetness, and mild hop bitterness for structure.
    Pair with: Almost any firm, mild cheese like Tomme de Savoie or Landaff Creamery Landaff.

  • Chianti

    Chianti is named for a region in Italy, and is actually made from a blend of grapes (mostly Sangiovese). This dry, medium-bodied wine has a distinct herbal quality (think rosemary and oregano) with flavors of dried plums and cherries.
    Pair with: An herb-crusted cheese like Hudson Flower or a young Tuscan Pecorino.

  • Pinot Grigio

    A lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.
    Pair with: Creamy goat or mixed milk cheese with a crisp acidic element. La Tur or Brunet are great alongside the fruit-tart flavors of the wine.

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