Italian Cheese Week

Written on October 18th, 2023

Celebrating Italian Cheese Week at Booths

Pairing Italian Cheese with Italian Wine this Italian Cheese Week, 25th-31st October 2023

5 Must-have Italian Wine and Cheese Pairings

Artisan cheese is a vital ingredient in Italian cookery, from fresh burrata salads to decadent but delicate homemade pasta, or creamy comforting risottos.

Finding the perfect Italian wine to pair with the right cheese is not a hardship and there are no hard or fast rules. Saltier and sharper cheeses favour crisp white wines and creamy blue cheeses favour bolder reds.

Here are some specially selected wines to enjoy during Italian Cheese Week, available at all Booths stores.

Monte del Frà Lugana, Italy, ABV 13% Pairs with Taleggio

The nose is clean and precise with delicate notes of blossom, stone fruit, and almonds. This is a dry white wine which is beautifully balanced, with a long, elegant finish. This wine pairs nicely with a creamy, savoury Taleggio which is great either on a cheese board or add this cheese to make a decadent and luxurious risotto.

E.H. Booth & Co. Rosé Prosecco, Italy, ABV 11.5% Pairs with Parmesan  

Typically, parmesan gets paired with a robust Tuscan red, but really, this type of cheese is too salty to be ideal with a bold red. Try serving an aged Parmesan in shards as an appetiser with a sparkling wine.

Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi, Piedmont, Italy, ABV 13% Pairs with Burrata

Gavi is a great all-rounder white wine and this is a particularly well made “bone dry” white wine with flinty acidity, a touch of minerality and a delicate floral aroma of white flowers, citrus and touch of green apple.  Match this wine with an autumnal salad of burrata fresh ripe figs, tomatoes, toasted hazelnuts and fig balsamic dressing.

E.H. Booth & Co. Chianti, Italy, ABV 13.5% Pairs with Pecorino     

Aromas of ripe red cherries, raspberries and a hint of balsamic vinegar linger across a smooth finish. Made by world-renowned winemaker Alberto Antonini, a classic pairing with ragu with a healthy dusting of grated Pecorino. Pecorino is one of Italy’s oldest and most popular cheese, made from ewe’s milk, it takes its name from pecora or sheep. Pecorino makes great addition to a cheese board and has a slightly nutty taste with distinctive saltiness which pair beautifully with the Chianti.

E.H. Booth & Co. Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, ABV 14% Pairs with Gorgonzola

Intensely perfumed aromas of red cherries and spices. Generous and rich with flavours of cherries, red berry fruit, liquorice and cinnamon. This is a great match for soft and oozing Gorgonzola drizzled with a bit of honey and a few walnuts and some crusty bread. A perfectly decadent match.

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