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!
Lagers and KolschLager, 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.
TequilaWhen it comes to those clean, crisp agave flavors, Crystal is the ideal Blanco tequila. Lingering beneath, there are notes of honey, buttery-sweetness, and hints of limey citrus.
After aging in a French White Oak barrel for an entire year, Reposado emerges smooth and full-bodied. The oak imparts notes of smokiness, while hints of vanilla, lemongrass, and wildflowers lingers with each taste.
Aged for two full years in French White Oak barrels, Anejo develops into a complex balance of dried fruits and piquant spices. Toasted oak, butterscotch, and vanilla are the key flavors that linger on the tongue.