As I was strolling by the cheese counter last week, I noticed that the "Robiola Sapore di Bosco" was on sale as a featured cheese. When I looked at the cheese, it was not at all what I was expecting to see with a name like "robiola". I'm used to the soft ripened, lovely mixed milk cheeses that we get from Piedmont. But the Robiola Sapore di Bosco is a whole different animal...
Cheese: Robiola di Bosco
Cheesemaker/affineur: Ambrogio Arnoldi
Location: Val Taleggio, Lombardy, Italy
Milk: Pasteurized cow's milk
Rennet: Traditional (animal)
This cheese is a washed rind cheese that comes in a petite 4" x 4" format. It looks and tastes a lot like Taleggio - another cheese made in Val Taleggio - but much tinier. Because of its size, the flavors of the washed rind are much more pronounced. I also noticed that it was a bit saltier than I was expecting, but that's again due to its size. The paste is nice and springy, but I'm sure with a little age, would get a touch on the runny side.
This cheese appeared in our stores at the perfect time! As it's Autumn, the pears and apples are available in abundance and they pair with the Robiola Sapore di Bosco so beautifully! It's also very tasty with cider (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). It's a great deal right now (for the month of October) so be sure to swing by your local Whole Foods Market cheese counter and pick up this tasty cheese.
Until next time, eat, drink and be happy!