Three Months of Artisanal Cheese
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.
October's Cheese of the Month Collection includes:
The generic name for this cheese is Ossau-Iraty, which refers to two rivers in the Basque region of France - the homeland of this spectacularly delicious cheese. Also called Brebis Pyrenees, which is simply French for Sheep Cheese from the Pyrenees, Istara has a smooth, slightly oily texture and a wonderfully sweet flavor with hints of olive, hazelnut and fig. Aged for 90 days. Enjoy Istara with a silky, fruity Pinot Noir. Also terrific shaved on salads and into quiches.
Raclette is one of the most enjoyed specialty cheeses in Switzerland and the surrounding Alpine areas. It is often served as part of the Raclette meal, where it is melted under a hot grill and scraped over a combination of boiled potatoes, cornichons, salami slices, crusty bread and other tasty bite-sized treats. Raclette cheese has melting properties par excellence. Made exclusively from pure Swiss milk, it is exceptionally creamy and smooth. Anyone who thinks a Raclette meal is only for cold winter days is very much mistaken. This fun Swiss meal can be enjoyed during all four seasons with Riesling, Merlot, Ciders and Lagers.
Grafton Classic Cheddar
Country: Vermont USA
Nothing is so all-American as Vermont Cheddar. The Grafton Village Cheese cooperative has been making cheese from neighboring farms since the 19th century. Their two-year Cheddar is all about mellow tartness and creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of fresh hay and sweet milk. A cheeseburger essential or serve with apple pie, Grafton Cheddar also pairs well with California Merlot or a Vermont farmstead Ale.