Thursday, November 27, 2008

Malbec-Cheese Pairings

A partial list for the best cheeses to pair with a Malbec:

Cashel Blue is a semi-soft blue cows’ milk cheese. It is unique, as it is Ireland’s first farmhouse blue cheese. While some milk is purchased, the majority of the milk comes from the pedigree Friesian dairy herd on the farm. The cheese is made from pasteurised whole milk. Much of the cheese is sold young, while it is firm and crumbly, but for a fuller flavour it is best eaten at about three months of age, when it has a softer texture and more mature flavour.

Queso Ibérico is a cheese that comes from Central Spain. It is a hard cheese made from the mixture of cow's, sheep's ot goat's milk and that is why the flavour has elements of all three. Sometimes Queso Iberico is mistaken for Manchego. The affinage usually takes from one to six months. According to its texture, it ranks among hard cheeses. It is a table cheese but could be perfectly used for grating and grilling.
I personally called this cheese a "poor man" manchego, it is usually cheaper and milder in taste. Good value.

  • Manchego
Manchego, the famous Spanish sheep's milk cheese, is made exclusively from the milk of sheep grazing upon the plains of La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Manchego, which could be made from pasteurized or raw milk, is nutty, sweet, and tangy with a firm texture. It ranges from mild to sharp, depending on how long it is aged.
Alongside Parmegiano Reggiano, Manchego is the CHEESE.

Taleggio is a semi-soft, washed-rind cheese from the Valtaleggio region in northern Italy, near Lombardy. It is characteristically aromatic yet mild in flavor and features tangy, meaty notes with a fruity finish. The texture of the cheese is moist-to-oozy with a very pleasant melt-in-your-mouth feel.

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