Vella Dry Jack
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In 1916, an anonymous monk handed David Jacks the recipe for a distant relative of Cheddar: A sudden success, then overproduction, leading to an abundance of fresh 'Jack' and unintentional extended aging. The result was as hard as Italian grating cheese even more popular with the many immigrants of the area. The rinds were colored in lamp black after the Italian fashion of the time (now rubbed with cocoa and oil as a food-safe alternative, not intended to flavor the interior). Made with raw cows' milk using vegetarian rennet, the distinctive looking classic is sweet and fruity with a rich, caramel-like finish. Act like an Italian American and get a good bottle of red.
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BourbonThink: Caramelly, crystalline cheeses have the strength to stand up to bolder booze. With sweet bourbon, these cheeses become almost like dessert.
Cabernet SauvignonFull-bodied with no shortage of flavor. This grape is grown in almost every climate, which means lots of diversity across bottles.
Old World Cabernet: Earthy with aromas of leather, hay, and dark dried fruits. Sometimes a hint of eucalyptus or violet.
Pair with: Cheese with flavor that can stand up to this big wine. Alpine style cheeses like Comte or Challerhocker and some sweeter blues like Bleu d’Auvergne would make a good match.
New World Cabernet: Characterized by bold oaky flavors and high levels of tannins. These wines are about as full-bodied as you can get, very jammy with flavors of reduced fruit.
Pair with: Sweet clothbound cheddar or a Grana style cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Podda Classico.
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.