We have three Italian cheeses for you this month to set you in the summer mood and which have a 20% discount – look out for the red star. With thanks to Rob from Corney & Barrow for his suggested wines to accompany the cheeses.
Parmesan Reggiano – this is the king of cheese and original parmesan that has PDO (protected designation of origin) status. Made around Bologna and Modena in northern Italy with milk from cows that must be reared on locally-grown feed. Matured for 24 months it has a perfect texture, sweet and soft with a fragrant and persistent aroma and most delicious tangy, fruity/nut taste.
The C&B Bodega Ruca Malen Malbec is a real premium example of Argentina’s signature grape, from a boutique winery in the country’s most classic wine producing region – Mendoza and the Uco Valley. Here, vineyards range in altitude between 900-1100 metres above-sea-level, the highest in the Mendoza, producing top quality fruit with cooling nights allowing the retention of acidity, and fresh fruit – which abounds in this wine, along with typical notes of blackberry, damson, plum and violet. A perfect, fully concentrated wine to match the rich umami of the cheese and a pairing to savour.
Scooping Gorgonzola – this soft and exceptionally creamy cheese is made with cow’s milk by Casarrigoni, the family business who make artisanal award-winning cheeses recognised by cheese lovers around the world. Traditionally eaten with a spoon, it’s sweet and buttery on the palate and melts in the mouth.
The Marqués de la Musa white (a Chardonnay-Viura blend) is as refreshing as it gets – displaying light flower blossom and citrus notes, if not with a hint of peach and pear as well. The wine hails from DO Cariñena; one of the oldest Spanish appellations (existing since 1932) – renowned for its production of early-drinking and approachable fruit-driven wines. No better match then for the ‘Scooping Gorgonzola’ to which it should provide a little lift and refreshment on the palate.
Madame – a buffalo milk taleggio also made by Casarrigoni. The milk is richer, sweeter and yet milder than milk of cows or sheep and the cheeses more luscious and decadent. This taleggio has a light coloured pinkish washed rind and very white inside, characteristic of the milk. Elastic and firm, it is matured for over 40 days in cellars which maintains the crisp, sweet milky flavour and is fresh and intense on the palate.
The C&B Beaujolais-Villages La Cave de la Croisee P Ferraud & Fils will do nicely here – and a perfect summer drinker too! This Beaujolais-Villages comes from a single hillside vineyard, owned by the Ferraud family (for well over the last 70 years). Excellent sun exposure gives a wine with perfectly ripe fruit, supple tannins and classic minerality (rivalling the quality of more expensive Beaujolais crus) – all characteristics our Madame, being so soft, creamy and fat, calls (nay, demands) from her wine!