18 Month Emmentaler
Holy cow. You haven't tasted Emmentaler until you've tasted this 18 month giant. Though you may be very familiar with this cheese's much younger sibling from sandwiches of yore, this Slow Food-certified Swiss is in its own class of flavor. Aged for nearly 2 years, it resembles Parmigiano more than the Swiss you'd find in a deli. The alpine cows whose milk creates these 200 pound wheels are treated to a high-altitude diet of wild grasses, herbs, and flowers, which gives the cheese a slightly spicy, savory and nutty profile. Alpine perfection.
Just the Facts
BourbonThink: Caramelly, crystalline cheeses have the strength to stand up to bolder booze. With sweet bourbon, these cheeses become almost like dessert.
ChiantiChianti 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.
MerlotA smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds. Dark fruits are present but with minimal tannins and no noticeable spice.
RoséWe love them all! Everything from light, crisp Provence style to deep and fruity Spanish Rosados. Don’t be afraid to enjoy rosé year-round, but we like the summer staple best with refreshing, mild cheeses that are great in warm weather.
Pair with: Young chevres like Coupole and bloomy rinds like Moses Sleeper for the lighter stuff. A darker, fruitier rosé can stand up to a heavier cheese like nutty Pecorino Oro Antico. Sparkling rosé is a perfect match for Nettle Meadow Kunik.