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Provolone (proh-voh-LOH-nee) is a semi-hard hazelnut colored cheese you?ve probably enjoyed on sandwiches like those fantastic Italian submarines. But have you paired this cheese with wine? Magnificent! Provolone is made in a myriad of traditional shapes such as cylinders, pears, spheres, cones and even watermelons. You?ve likely seen them hanging from the ceiling at Italian …

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A grilled cheese sandwich made with Gruy? and a layer of Luxardo cherry preserve will send you to the moon. Now take a sip of the Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni blend and you will continually crave this combination of flavors. Lately I?e been serving mini grilled cheese sandwiches to my guests as an appetizer. I …

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Pairing Food with Wine

When pairing food with wine it is important to think about the act itself – what makes a pair? Sometimes opposites attract, but not always with wine and cuisine. You can find surprise yourself by mixing it up, but the most import base to pair with is always FLAVOR. It’s important to remember to always …

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Italian Cheeses

Italy’s cheeses, like it’s people, are regionally diverse. Each region is prone to using the local cheese in cooking and serving. Tuscany’s Cheese In Tuscany, the local cheese is Pecorino Toscano. Pecorino is the general Italian term for a sheep’s cheese, and the Pecorino Toscano DOC is the cheese of Tuscany – 100% sheep’s milk, …

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Applewood Smoked Cheddar

There’s a relatively new phenomena today in the exciting world of cheese and that’s the amazing quality of American Artisanal Cheese. Okay, now we can drill down into further details by looking at true American Originals that are created by some of the world?s most exciting cheesemakers. One such cheesemaker is Carr Valley Cheese Company’s …

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