Paradiso – August Cheese of the Month
With Summer coming to a close, everyone’s trying their best to hit the beaches one last time. At the Vineyard Market we’ve got the perfect cheese to savor these last few weeks with. Our current Cheese of the Month, called Paradiso, is a real showstopper.
Paradiso is a creation from a well-known Dutch company, Beemster, whose many cheeses we’ve featured in the past (see our previous posts on Beemster products HERE). This newest Beemster addition to the Bottle King Vineyard Markets is what they’ve called a “Parm-style” cheese. When we first cut a wheel open, the aroma was sweetly enticing. With my first bite of it, Paradiso was quite reminiscent of an Aged Gouda but with a lingering Parmesan-y note. Its texture is firm, yet creamy and smooth with a robust and savory flavor. Like many of our aged cheeses, Paradiso has developed calcium crystals throughout; for lovers of cheeses with crunch, this one’s for you.
If you’re like me and love to have wine with your cheese, try this Italian-style cheese with an Italian-style wine such as Tosca Chianti. If you’re more of a beer drinker, try a Porter Stout or Brown Ale such as Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale. No matter which way you swing, my assistant Kara says “Just one bite and your taste buds will be in Paradiso!”
Sounds good? Stop into the Glen Rock store this weekend for a taste!