Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 696 : An Italian Cheese Tasting

In honor of my friend's love of all things Italian, another friend and I planned a bubbly and cheese girls night in for her. Two bottles of Prosecco, check! And a selection of three Italian cheeses, check!

What were the three cheeses?

1. La Tur - The most fantastic melange of cow, goat, and sheep's milk crafted into a disc of luscious creamy cheesy goodness. A melt in your mouth Italian stallion that delights across the board. Perfect with a glass of Prosecco to cut through the dense ice creamy like quality of the cheese.

2. Quadrello di Bufala - A washed rind pasteurized water buffalo milk semi firm cheese. Think along the lines of that classic ooey gooey stink of a Taleggio but rounder, milkier and sweeter due to the higher fat content of water buffalo milk. Decadent and indulgent with a rustic rough around the edges sort of feel -- great with a glass of Barbera.

3. Gorgonzola Dolce - A classic three month aged cow's milk Italian blue. What differentiates this blue from say a regular Gorgonzola or those known as Piccante? The amount of aging. With only three months of cave aging and frequent brine baths, this is one of the most friendly and approachable blues out there. Soft, faintly sweet, and creamy, it coats every crevice of your mouth while still possessing a nice amount of spicy stinky blue pungence.

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