The Walsers were a Germanic people that wound up settling throughout the Alps, including the Piedmont region of northern Italy. This sweet smelling, ivory-colored gem is named for them. Encrusted in a rind like snow over stone, the paste is soft and milky white. Our wheels are aged a bit longer than some others, which adds a bit of spice to the already complex flavor. But this is not your typical sour-sweet toma - instead, the paste becomes creamy and spreadable, with a rind reminiscent of porcini mushrooms. Liven up this piquant and complex cheese with a peppery Syrah, and you won't be disappointed.
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.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.