Featured Cheese of the Week: Parrano


Our cheese of the week this time around, Parrano, is described by the makers as “the Dutch cheese that thinks it is Italian” and we don’t think there’s a more accurate description out there.  Created by the well-known Dutch cheese company Uniekass, Parrano has a nutty and fruity flavor reminiscent of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a texture and mouthfeel typical of a one- or two-year aged Gouda (although it itself is only aged five months.)  It is a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese with just the right amount of flavor to be interesting and versatile at the same time – think mellow, nutty, and buttery- and its semi-firm and smooth nature allows for cutting, grating, melting… just about any way you could think of using a cheese!  Try pairing it with a bold red wine such as Pinot Noir, or a light and fruity beer like Pilsner.