Mitica Toma Piemontese Riserva
Dating back to when the Roman empire expanded across the Piemontese mountain tops, this cheese is perhaps the oldest known to Italy. Toma Piemontese looks as though it's been around for that long - though only aged for a few months, each wheel has an aged, stone-like rind, while its paste is dense and smooth. An earthy, aromatic scent is revealed when the wheel is broken into, resembling fresh earth and grass atop high mountain pastures that cows grazed upon. Nutty and ever-so-slightly sweet, this cheese is richer and buttery near the rind, perfect for pairing with a glass of Italian red. Add to a pasta dish - we love it in a nice risotto - for an extra-creamy bite.
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Just the Facts
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Porters and StoutsPorter, Stout, Imperial Stout
Welcome to the dark side of beer. Porters and Stouts are born of heavily roasted malted barley, which colors the beer and develops toasty flavors recalling chocolate, coffee, and chicory. Looks can be deceiving, though: dark doesn’t always mean strong. Porters and stouts can be incredibly light in body, or big boozy affairs that pour like syrup.
Pair with: A mild, creamy blue like Cambozola Black.