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On an island where sheep outnumber people 5 to 1, it makes sense to make a sheep's milk cheese. Pag, off the coast of Croatia, specializes in a savory, sheepy cheese that ages to butterscotchy perfection. Feasting on salty, seaside grass, the milk that these sheep produce is limited, but creates a rich and flavorful cheese that holds a gentle sweetness with a touch of fennel in the rind. The Croatians serve this cheese simply drizzled with good olive oil, but shave it over salads or pastas for an extra kick of salt and sweetness.
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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.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.
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