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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.
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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.
Pair with: An herb-crusted cheese like Hudson Flower or a Tuscan Pecorino.
Pinot GrigioA lighter, crisper white wine. Tends to be refreshing and fruity, with aromas of stone fruit, peach, quince, and lemon.
Pair with: Creamy goat or mixed milk cheese with a crisp acidic element. La Tur or Brunet are great alongside the fruit-tart flavors of the wine.