This tri-layered Italian wonder is a cross between a smooth, creamy-driven French tomme and a firm, curdy English cheddar. Farmers in Italy's Piedmont region use pasteurized cow's milk to form each squat cylinder reminiscent of the medieval Italian cheese Castelmango. When compared to those cheeses of the past, however, Castelrosso boasts a creamier, more nuanced paste. Its thick, mottled, white-brown rind tastes of earth and breaks down the paste just beneath into an intense, luscious, salty cream. The cheese's innermost core remains dense, chalky, and lactic, with the flavor of browned, buttery lemon bar, fresh from the oven.
Just the Facts
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.
Farmhouse Ales & SoursFarmhouse, Saison, Bière de Garde, Lambic, Sour Beer
Farmhouse ales, instead of being driven by malt or hops, depend on the yeast for their distinctive spicy, floral, and tart flavors. Commonly made by brewers in France and Belgium, farmhouse ales are usually light in color and body and quite effervescent. From time to time, brewers allow wild yeasts to ferment the beer, resulting in a brew that falls somewhere in between pleasantly bright to bracingly sour.
Pair with: Mushroomy Brie Fermier or funky, bacony Epoisses are matches made in heaven.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.
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.