Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 879 : Campari and cheese?

Confession : I absolutely adore Campari in the summertime. I find it refreshing, delightful, and the embodiment of the sunny months of the year. Perfect seated on a beach facing out to the water watching waves crash at the shore or after a long day at work seated at an outdoor cafe people watching -- you name the summertime activity and I guarantee Campari can find its home there. Yes I'm aware that it's somewhat of an acquired taste, but it is one that I greatly enjoy. Simply enjoyed with a splash of club soda, it's divine!

What sort of cheese should you enjoy with it?

Something Italian perhaps since Campari is an Italian aperitif dating back to the mid 19th century.

How about a Gorgonzola Dolce?

The youngest of the Gorgonzola family, Dolce is aged traditionally for two months and is creamy with a round unctuous mouth feel. Lightly spicy and piquant yet milky, lactic, and creamy -- this is the perfect pairing partner for Campari. Why you may ask? Because the herbal aromatic notes of the Campari will find their counterpart in the round milky brightness of the cheese. The slightly bitter tang of the liquor will be offset by the honest sweetness yet light spiciness of the cheese. An unusually excellent summertime Italian pairing.

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