Wine & Cheese Pairings: Taleggio & Chianti

by Travis Loncar on November 3, 2011

A contribution from our friends at Dreadnought Wines.

Cheese: Taleggio

taleggio-cheeseTaleggio is a soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese that has a nice salty, fruity after taste. The rind is washed and it is up to you whether or not you want to eat it. The outside of this wonderful cheese has a beautiful off-orange color and when you cut into this cheesy scented delicacy you find a white refined Italian cheese. Taleggio is a D.O.C name controlled cheese that comes from Lombardy – which is located in Northern Italy – so you will not have a problem knowing you are receiving nothing but the best. Taleggio D.O.C. spreads wonderfully on a crusty bread – for example Rustic Italian, Ciabatta or Rustic Sourdough. You can also add Taleggio on top of grilled Polenta. Once the Polenta is browned, place cheese on your dish and watch it melt. Taleggio can also be seasoned with Black Truffles, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Porcini Mushrooms and added to a Panini.

Wine: Il Vescovado Chianti

il-vescovado-chiantiChianti is undoubtedly the most widely known Italian Red wine in the United States, as well as the most famous of the Tuscany wines. A derivative of the Sagiovese grape, this particular chianti hails from Castellina, a city in the the southern part of the larger Chianti region. The wine’s vinification consists of stainless steel fermentation, and the aging process is confined within the contents of the bottle. This makes for a wine that is both elegant and easy to swallow. As far as smell and taste are concerned, expect the ripe plum, berry, and black cherry scents and flavors that you might associate with a dark ruby wine. Chianti is a fabulous compliment to any number of dishes, including fresh salads, lunchmeat sandwiches, pasta dinners, or even a healthy steak. Oh, and Taleggio – of course! Visit the Dreadnought Wines wine list and locate ‘Il Vescovado Chianti 2009′ to try it for yourself!

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