On the banks of the Ulluo River in Galicia, where Arzua Ulloa is made and loved, it is sometimes called queixo do pays, meaning "cheese of the land." The name-protected beauty is crafted from milk from Rubia Gallega, Frisian and Alpine Brown cows that graze on the area's green pastures. Aged for a mere two weeks, this pasteurized cheese is mild yet complex, redolent of freshly churned butter and proofing bread dough. Arzua Ulloa's natural, straw yellow rind makes way to reveal a satiny ivory paste, smooth and unrelentingly creamy. Arzua Ulloa is a superstar melter. Make a no-joke grilled cheese, with or without quince paste (we vote with.) Or serve with honey and marcona almonds, beside a crisp Albari'o.
Just the Facts
Chenin BlancCrisp and acidic with light minerality. You may smell stone fruit, apples, pear, quince, even some fresh herbs.
Pair with: Tangy Loire Valley goat cheese to bring out crisp, mineral qualities in both. Something like Selles-sur-Cher will work perfectly!
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Pair with: Almost any firm, mild cheese like Tomme de Savoie or Landaff Creamery Landaff.
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