Similar to the better-known Auricchio brand, this imported sharp Provolone is produced on the Padana plains in Cremona. Made of pasteurized cows' milk with a firm, smooth texture, the large, aged wheels for Provolone has always been considered a staple cheese in Italy. The Provolone takes fresh, local milk and when it's brined, roped, and hung, the flavor develops over time. Salty, tangy, and spicy, this Italian offering adds a satisfying kick to any selection of antipasti, or well-constructed sandwich. Pop the top on a bottle of a pale Pilsner as a mellow partner to your toasted and melty sandwich.
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.
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.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.