Continental, erudite, and captivating, we come upon Sublemonal Message embarking on a whirlwind journey with Manchego 1605. The sheep’s milk olive and leather notes embrace the zesty and zippy ginger and sweet and tart Meyer Lemon as they cavort into the wild blue yonder. I feel my senses awakening, my desire for adventure and excitement coming to life as I savor the combination, thirsting to tilt at all the windmills! Reach into your satchel, and if you happen upon a chorizo nestled inside, you’ve come upon the perfect meal. The night is young, and you’re in love with all the world has in store.
Cravero Parmigiano - For a Fortissimo cheese you have to try this one. It’s rare that you find a Parmigiano that has such a voice; the Craveros have been aging wheels of Parm since 1855, and it shows! They have worked with farmers to release truly succulent and complex curds that only expand over time. With this full-bodied cheese, you can’t go wrong with adding some spicy citrus to the game. Crostinis at 5, anyone?
San Andreas - This is a great local cheese to pair with Sublemonal Message. San Andreas is yet another winner from the folks at Bellwether Farms. It’s a creamy and fun sheep’s milk cheese that stays above the fray. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by heavy musk and earth notes, this cheese somehow always stays cool and refreshing on the palate. It’ll give the marmalade a little couch to lie down on and share secrets with you. Bring these buddies together!
Ossau Iraty - Ossau Iraty is not for the faint of heart. This is definitely a sheep’s milk cheese from the Basque region, and you’ll know it at first bite. Because of this, it wants a strong partner to travel with. Lemon and ginger will temper the rich earth notes and cut the salt with a kiss!
by rose owens
Cheese Departement Head at Bi-Rite 18th