Known as Sweden's oldest brand of cheese, Wrangeback has a storied history and a flavor to match. This raw cow's milk cheese is made in the same vein as traditional Alpine Gruyere with the mild tanginess of a cheddar. The craggy, brown stone-like exterior has its name pressed into the wheel, a time honored tradition since 1961. Breaking past the rind, the paste is creamy and dense and smells similarly to freshly cut grass and warm milk. A sliver of Wrangeback starts with a bite of tanginess, before it mellows out to a complex, milky umami flavor. This cheese is best enjoyed with an aged, lush glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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.
Pale Ales & IPAsHoppy Beers - Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Red Ale
Hops, glorious hops! Think of hops as the seasoning for beer: they lend the bitter yin to balance malt’s sugary yang. In IPAs and other hoppy beers this humble flower takes center stage. Flavors range from grassy to grapefruit, earthy and dry to resinous pine, depending on which hop varietals are used.
Pair with: Cheeses with enough body to stand up to the bitterness, like clothbound cheddar or aged Gouda.