Fontina Val D'Aosta

Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Cow's Milk

ImageThe recipe for Fontina Val D'Aosta is rumored to have been revealed to the early inhabitants of the Val D'Aosta by a near-mythical man called Sarvadzo. He taught them to make this unpasteurized, full-fat cheese, matured in grottos for at least three months. Its taste reflects its origins in the high, Alpine slopes - it is actually an Italian cousin to the French Gruyère. Fontina is earthy, mushroomy, and woody, and pairs exceedingly well with roast meats and truffles. A burly red wine is an appropriate complement for Fontina Val D'Aosta - try a Barolo from Piemonte to the south, or a Zweigelt from Austria to the northeast.