The variety in Italian wine is famously enormous. SOoo many different grape varieties made in different areas and villages.
But the variety in Italian cheese is (almost surprisingly for a Frenchman like me) just as astonishing.
There’s so many different wines and cheeses in Italy, that with our friends at His and Her Wine, we’ve had to split the pairings into several parts.
Below is Part 1, focused on Northern and Central Italy. Stay tuned and sign up to email alerts to follow the next chapters… coming up soon!
It’s on ongoing debate whether France or Italy make the most cheeses. Who cares? If you multiply by the number of wines, the opportunities for heavenly matches are just virtually infinite.
Check on some French wine and cheese Pairings, and find out for yourself.
Many of the cheeses listed above (and below) are available worldwide (like Parmiggiano, Grana Padano or Pecorino). Others are indeed more local and harder to find.
Buy a few of these, try for yourself and tell me what you think!
Today’s pairings are:
Piedmont Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresco/Langhe/Alba)
- Gorgonzola (Cow)
- Murazzano (Sheep)
- Raschera (Cow)
Piedmont Sparkling Moscato (Asti/Piemonte):
- Fontina d’Aosta (Cow)
- Taleggio (Cow)
- Tronchetto di Capra (Goat)
Tuscany Sangiovese (Chianti/Brunello/Nobile di Montepulciano):
- Pecorino Toscano (Sheep)
- Brinata (Sheep)
- Marzolino (Sheep)
North Eastern Pinot Grigio (Veneto/Trentino-Alto Adige/Friuli)
- Baita Friuli (Cow)
- Blu del Moncenisio (Cow)
- Caprino stagionato (Sheep)
Valpolicella Blend (Classico/Amarone/Ripasso)
- Parmigiano Reggiano (Cow)
- Provolone ValPadana (Cow)
- Grana Padano (Cow)
See you all soon for more deliciousness…
Thanks you again to His and Her Wine for superbly presenting these pairings. Aren’t these pictures of cheese lovely and appetizing? Our collaboration with this dynamic website promises a lot of interesting wine fun to come, worth following on Twitter or Facebook.