Italy produces over 3,000 grape varietals. With so many varietals, there are plenty that neither you or I will ever know about or have the opportunity to taste. This weeks feature is a fantastic wine from Piemonte in northern Italy. The varietal is called Gamba Di Pernice and there are only six producers of this dark skinned varietal in the world. The wine is quite powerful, yet elegant, and can last for decades in the cellar. Try it with grilled lamb, beef or Bollito Misto.
Casseficio Quattro portoni makes their buffalo milk cheese outside the city of Milan in the northern region of Lombardia. Quadrello is a four-sided cheese that closely resembles a Taleggio. The cheese is flavorful and melts well. Perfect for a grilled panino or on a cheese plate next to a glass of Gamba Di Pernice.