New to Stock! Italian Cheese from Caseificio Sepertino
Caseificio Sepertino is a fourth generation family-run dairy located in northern Italy’s Piemonte region. Originally they made Italian Emmental, but over the years they have diversified into traditional Piemontese cheeses, butter, and their own line of specialties. We are now stocking two new cheeses from Sepertino.
Toma del Nonno
Toma del Nonno translates to ‘grandad’s cheese’ and honors Pietro Sepertino who founded the company with his wife Genia in the 1930s. This cheese is made with pasteurized cow’s milk to which cream is added to create a smooth silky texture, much like a very young Fontina. The flavors are clean, with simple lemon and buttery notes. It’s the perfect table cheese, and also great for cooking with its low price point. This cheese delivers a lot of flavor relative to its attractive price point.
Parbleu di Capra
Piemonte gains its gastronomic fame for its truffles, hazelnuts (home of Nutella), and most importantly wine (Barolo and Barbaresco). Piemonte is often referred to as the Burgundy of Italy because of its many small family wineries, but it is also home to a variety of traditional cheeses and small family dairies. And on the cheese side, most interestingly Piemonte is one of the few areas in Italy where goats are traditionally raised, allowing Sepertino to be one of the few Italian goat cheese makers.
Parbleu di Capra is an aged goat’s milk blue that’s reminiscent of Stilton. It’s striking blue streaks make for an impressive presentation on a cheese plate. It is picante with notes of cellar while the goat milk flavors are faint to let the strong blue mold stand out. We here at Zuercher are big fans of this cheese, and not just because of the relative dearth of goat’s milk blues on the market. Parbleu is both visually stunning and has a deep flavor profile while avoiding any overly harsh or acidic blue notes.