Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Lunch was mixed countries yesterday. The cheeses were Italian, the salamis from Indiana and the wine from Austria. 

Let's start with the cheeses.  The square cheese on the left is a Robiola Nostrana, a mixed cow and sheep milk cheese from northern Italy.  Rich, creamy and a little piquant from the sheep milk.  The triangular cheese on the right is a Robiola due Latti which is made with cow's milk.  A little more mellow than the other cheese, it tasted like a rich brie.

The salami on the left is a salami piccante with plenty of pepper, garlic and hot spices in the mix.   The one on the right is a lamb salami spiked with juniper and orange zest with a darker  and deeper flavor.  Both are by The Smoking Goose .  It would be very difficult for me to pick a favorite, but Scott, the dog, was spinning circles for the lamb salami.

The wine was a 2010 Weingut Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Gruner Veltliner from Austria.  A few posts down you will find a description of the 2006 version of this wine, but this one is a little different.  It's certainly fresher as there was some pressure release when opening the wine and a quick effervescence when pouring the first glass.  That freshness matched well with both the salamis and the cheeses and I'm certain was a better match than the 2006 version would have been. 

Weingut Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Gruner Veltliner.  12% alcohol and $17.

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