Solo Di Bruna Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano is clearly the most popular girl at school, and our Solo di Bruna Parmigiano holds the honors of both prom queen AND valedictorian. Although 365 factories in Emilia-Romagna have their hands in this cheese pot, we buy our wheels from the only four cheesemakers that produce just nine wheels each day from milk of solely Italian Brown cows- '' Solo di Bruna.'' The raw afternoon milk is left overnight, allowing the cream to rise to the top while complex flavors to begin to develop. The complexity grows through 24 months of aging, resulting in a Parm that is classic and unfailing: salty, umami-laden flakiness yields to deeply buttery and caramel notes with a nutty crunch that's hopelessly addictive - all from a cheese that's survived Crusades, two World Wars, and the escapades of Silvio Berlusconi. Grate mounds atop your pasta, toss the rind in your next soup, or just lob off a hunk, hoist a glass of Barolo, and go to town.
As seen in Saveur's Decadent Cheese Plates
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.
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.
Pale Ales & IPAsHoppy Beers - Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Red Ale
Hops, glorious hops! Think of hops as the seasoning for beer: they lend the bitter yin to balance malt’s sugary yang. In IPAs and other hoppy beers this humble flower takes center stage. Flavors range from grassy to grapefruit, earthy and dry to resinous pine, depending on which hop varietals are used.
Pair with: Cheeses with enough body to stand up to the bitterness, like clothbound cheddar or aged Gouda.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.
Diamonds are a Cheese’s Best Friend
Have you ever seen a piece of Parm, waiting in your local cheese shop, like a sparkling diamond? Wait, is it actually sparkling? You’re probably wondering what those little crystals, sprinkled over the paste of your cheese are. Or maybe you’ve bitten into a super aged cheddar, only to have a bit of crispy crunch …