Cheese Of The Month Collection
Each month, Petrossian offers a collection of three of the world's finest gourmet cheeses. The selection changes at the end of the month, so make sure to check back often to see our latest trio.
The August Cheese of the Month Collection includes:
A hard textured cheese much like Gouda, with the milk proteins broken down to provide the crystallization, a slight saltiness on the palate, a citrusy tang from the goat’s milk yet the forever prominent caramel sweetness. It is at the end of the maturation process, when the cheese is rubbed in caramel, that the flavors give way to a cheese with a sweet salty finish.
A perfect combination with a Stout or heavy beer as the coffee, chocolate notes will blend wonderfully with the lingering sweetness.
Pecorino Toscano Stagionato DOP is created from locally collected sheep's milk during September and June. As it ages, the cheese loses its milky white color and takes on a hay-colored, ivory hue. The sweet, silken texture of the original cheese slowly gives way to a sharp, zesty flavor with a brittle texture. Pecorino Toscano Stagionato DOP is perfect for chunking into romaine and dandelion green salads, or rolled in extra virgin olive oil and served as part of an antipasto tray. Pecorino Toscano pairs well with hoppy beers, Pinot Grigio or Chianti.
From the Jura comes this raw cow's milk cheese. Legend has it that Comte makers with extra curds at the end of each day sprinkled them with soot to protect them from flies until they could add curds from the following morning's milking. The wheels were then pressed and washed with brine. Today the layer is one of vegetable ash, a merely decorative cue to a washed rind that is finished to pungent perfection.
For pairing go for a terroir with oxidized Jura whites, like Pinot Noir or Riesling.