It’s no secret that Formaggio Kitchen mongers love a good jam. The sweetness of fruit is a natural partner for cheese, rounding out the punch of stronger types and playing harmoniously with milder, milkier wedges. The jams we favor are those that allow the fruit to shine, without adding too much sugar or using unnecessary Continue Reading »
Just last week we were lucky enough to host Marina Fogarty, of the Alto Piemontese Vallana Winery, for a wine tasting and primer on her family’s illustrious winemaking history.
Wine Buyer Stephen recommends a perfect holiday pair — Perbellini Panettone and frothy Torelli “Di Michela” Asti Spumanti!
“Francesco!” Monica Cotta wandered through the hilly, terraced olive groves near her home in Pantasina, searching for her father’s cousin Francesco. It was a warm, sunny morning in January, and we were due to help him with the last of the olive harvest. Here in Liguria, where Taggiasca olives produce the sweet oil the region Continue Reading »
As we drove over the hills leading into Verbania, a town in northern Piedmont, we were welcomed by a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore. Our flight had arrived in Milan just a few hours earlier and while seriously jet lagged, we eagerly looked forward to our visit with Eros Buratti, a local “stagionatura” (ager) of Continue Reading »
Less known than Barolo and Barbaresco, the Alto-Piemonte (Upper Piemonte) is home to some equally amazing Nebbiolo wines. The Vallana family’s vineyard produces particularly elegant and charming bottles.
Inspired by Tim’s defense of Italian olive oil, I conducted a side-by-side tasting of three oils from classic European producing regions.
Bra, Italy – Respect the City of Cheese Every two years, the biggest festival in the cheese world happens in Bra, Italy. The event is known simply as “Cheese.” Cheesemakers, cheesemongers, journalists, food lovers and folks lucky enough to live close by, descend on the small town of Bra to sample, sell and eat literally Continue Reading »
On a recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit a co-op that makes Parmigiano Reggiano. It was a first for me – I have witnessed the cheese making process before and have even tried my hand at making chèvre but I had never before observed the making of a hard, aged cheese Continue Reading »
Some months ago, Giovanni Bianchi of the prosciutto curing house, Pio Tosini, visited our shop in Cambridge for a staff tasting. Giovanni’s family has been curing prosciutto in the Parma region of Italy since 1905 and today, Giovanni, along with one of his cousins and an uncle, continue the family business. The tasting had one Continue Reading »
This year, my trip to Italy’s most renowned wine show, VinItaly, took on a different emphasis and dynamic. In previous years, navigating thronged pavilions of growers and tasters and trailing fellow importers was at center stage. This time, while those goals remained important, the focus was on introducing Jessica, a talented and emerging wine buyer Continue Reading »
This past April the Formaggio Wine Team took a pleasant trip to visit Sergio Mottura’s estate on our way to VinItaly 2014. We flew into Rome’s Fiumicino airport early in the morning and drove north-east towards Umbria. We eventually split off from the crazy A1 autostrada onto small, one-lane roads. Just along the northern border Continue Reading »