Pairing Prosecco DOC & Grana Padano Cheese
13th July 2020
Prosecco & Cheese is a match made in heaven, like putting butter on toast, cheese in a burger, or tea with biscuits.
After the successful Zoom Webinar on Prosecco DOC with Glass of Bubbly, The Wine Tipster and Prosecco DOC, I decided to pair some Prosecco DOC’s with Grana Padano Cheese.
Grana Padano Cheese
Grana Padano cheese was created by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle in the 12th century, it is still made throughout the Po River Valley in northeastern Italy and was granted DOP on 12 June 1996. After going through resting, lifting, salting, drying and much more, Grana Padano Cheeses go through a minimum of 9 months of ageing before we can get our hands on their delicious cheese.
They have a great diagram on the steps they take to make their cheeses which you can check out here if you are interested in the cheese making process.
We have the luxurious pleasure of tasting these five fine Proseccos with Grana Padano’s 20 months matured cheese.
Astoria – Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry “Galìe” Tasting Notes
Aromas – “White pear and blossom aromas.”
Flavours – “The bubbles ignite on the tongue, the flavours pull you forward with tropical and green fruit flavours.”
Astoria & Grana Padano Cheese Pairing Notes – “A soft green citrus, then pears with a slow appearance of the Grana Padano towards the end.”
Producing DOC, DOCG and Cartizzes, Villa Sandi has a wide range of Proseccos to enjoy, with one of their traditional method bottles taking home The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Trophy in 2018, this is a Winery you should not easily forget.
If you ever decide to visit Villa Sandi, which I do recommend, you will be met by their famous Palladian-style building which dates back to 1622 and today is Villa Sandi’s headquarters.
Villa Sandi – Prosecco DOC Organic Brut “Il Fresco” Tasting Notes
Aromas – “Green leaves, cut grass, green grapes and lime zest on the aroma.”
Flavours – “Creamy rounded green fruits with floral notes on the palate.”
Villa Sandi & Grana Padano Cheese Pairing Notes – “A light creamy green taste initially, followed by a drier savoury cheese expression.”
La Marca – Millage Prosecco
Aromas – “Honeycomb, yellow pear and pastry aromas.”
Flavours – “Fruity, with white fruits and citrus on the palate.”
Millage & Grana Padano Cheese Pairing Notes – “Manuka honey followed by light cheese expression in the length.”
La Rughe – Prosecco DOC Brut Tasting Notes
Aromas – “Honeysuckle, yellow floral and pear on the aroma.”
Flavours – “Sweet fruits and dry citrus flavours.”
Le Rughe & Grana Padano Cheese Pairing Notes – “A kick of fizzy pear followed by mellowed savoury cheese flavours.”
Riccardo – Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut Tasting Notes
Aromas – “I love the way the bubbles hug the inside of the glass, it has a magnificent offering of big, medium and small bubbles. White pear and fresh floral aromas.”
Flavours – “Creamy, apple and honeycomb flavours.”
Riccardo & Grana Padano Cheese Pairing Notes – “Sweet yellow apricot with a gradual development of the savoury expression from the cheese. A harmonious balance between wine and cheese.”
That was delicious, I don’t know about you but I’m going in for another bite, I would just like to thank all the wineries, Grada Padano, Prosecco DOC Consortium and Neil Phillips (TheWineTipster) for their help in making this article possible and a successful Zoom Webinar.
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