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Grana Padano DOP portion
One of the world’s first hard cheeses, Grana Padano is made by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle in the 12th Century. Made from unpasteurized, semi-skimmed cow’s milk, the Grana Padano will surely add that extra texture and flavor to your meals.
Tasting Notes from the Curator
Grana means “grainy” in Italian, and this cheese adds a granular texture with a touch of sweetness to your dish. Full-bodied, this hard cheese delivers a savory and nutty touch . It has a creamy buttery quality, sharp fruitiness and a lingering aftertaste. The flavors become more intense with age and the texture becomes more granular.
This Grana Padano is aged for at least 18 months. It can be eaten alone or used as topping. As one of the most famous cheeses in Italy, the Grana Padano is considered an excellent grating cheese, which makes it a great complement to many foods, such as salads and pasta. It is also a good melting cheese for cooking. Most often the rind that is too hard to eat is dropped into a pot of soup for it to melt away.
For wine pairings, this cheese makes a great partner to light-bodied white wines with floral aromas that won’t overpower the cheese. Some recommendations are Moscato D’Asti, Gewurtztraminer and Riesling.