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Brûlée isn't just for creme anymore! This little wheel of sheep's milk from the Basque region has its rind scorched, which adds a smokiness to the brown butter and crispy Sunday pot roast flavor of the cheese. With only a few months of aging, the paste is supple yet sliceable, and smells of fresh grass and the barnyard the sheep graze about. The flavor will coat your tongue, a sweet and salty combination that is balanced by a Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Pronunciation: Tome Brew-lay
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Cabernet SauvignonFull-bodied with no shortage of flavor. This grape is grown in almost every climate, which means lots of diversity across bottles.
Old World Cabernet: Earthy with aromas of leather, hay, and dark dried fruits. Sometimes a hint of eucalyptus or violet.
Pair with: Cheese with flavor that can stand up to this big wine. Alpine style cheeses like Comte or Challerhocker and some sweeter blues like Bleu d’Auvergne would make a good match.
New World Cabernet: Characterized by bold oaky flavors and high levels of tannins. These wines are about as full-bodied as you can get, very jammy with flavors of reduced fruit.
Pair with: Sweet clothbound cheddar or a Grana style cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Podda Classico.
MalbecThis rustic wine is inky and dark, full-bodied with plenty of tannins. Fruity flavors of plums and berries are contrasted by spice and leather.
Pair with: Equally toothsome cheeses like Boerenkaas Gouda.
MerlotA smooth and medium-bodied wine with a more rounded flavor than other reds. Dark fruits are present but with minimal tannins and no noticeable spice.