They Sure Love Fontina in Valle d’Aosta! #ItalianFWT
Italian Food Wine & Travel Visits Valle d’Aosta
Where in the world is Valle d’Aosta? It’s a very small region tucked into the far northwestern corner of Italy, bordering both Switzerland and France. As you might imagine, food and wine from Valle d’Aosta share characteristics with products from the mountain cultures of those two countries.
Alpine Food & Wine
Fontina Valle d’Aosta cheese is a favorite, and it clearly has close ties to Swiss-made mountain cheeses. If you’re looking for it, try to find the real thing from Valle d’Aosta. It will have a green paper label on the outer edge of the cheese. Fontina is found in many dishes of the region such as the zuppa we chose, but also fonduta – a Valle d’Aosta twist on fondue which incorporates egg yolks in the dish.
As you continue to search for Valle d’Aosta foods, you’ll find more recipes featuring Fontina, it’s everywhere. Lucky for us, we love Fontina cheese. The smooth paste and lightly stinky washed rind aroma are irresistible!
Pavese Ermes Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle DOP 2012 ($25 from Sunfish Cellars)
Eye: Slightly cloudy, very light warm yellow with green highlights
Nose: Mineral, reminds of Sancerre, green apples, white flowers. Julie describes the nose as old musty bookshelf, old roll-top desk just opened (but in an interesting, good way!)
Mouth: Light body, mineral flavor, not tartly acidic but mouthwatering. Long mineral finish, lots of tension.
From the importer:
A stunning wine from the highest vineyard site in Europe, with annual production of about 12,000 bottles of this austere, racy, mineral white wine with vivacity and length.
Chateau Feuillet Valle d’Aosta Torrette 2013 ($25 from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant)
Eye: Clear, transparent garnet red with purple edge. Color is similar to a young PN.
Nose: Forest faint evergreen, red fruit.
Mouth: Medium light body, savory impression. Red fruit. Low tannins but very good acidity. Torrette reminds me a bit of the high altitude reds from Alto Adige.
From Kermit Lynch:
The wine is made from 90% Petit Rouge and 10% Mayolette. The vineyards are at 900 meters altitude and are composed of sandy soil over granite.
Wine Pairing with Zuppa di Cavolo con Fontina
The Paves Ermese Blanc di Morgex was the winner between the two wines with the dish. The bright red fruit in the Torrette never found an element in the food to pair with. A nice wine, it simply needed a different dish. The Paves Ermese, on the other hand was a wonderful match. The crisp minerality was a nice contrast to the cabbage and stinky nature of the fontina. It was also a great palate cleanser for the rich casserole and the sausage.
Italian Food Wine & Travel Group Posts
Interested in more great Valle d’Aosta suggestions? Check out the other posts from members of our group. Join our discussion on Twitter at #ItalianFWT on Saturday November 1st, at 10am CST.
- Vino Travels – Swept away to the Alpine region of the Valle d’Aosta
- Culinary Adventures with Camilla – Pluot-Glazed Duck Legs and Les CretesTorrette 2011
- Rockin Red Blog – Over the Hills and Far Away
- Enofylz Wine Blog – Veal Ribs with Fontina with Valle d’Aosta Torrette Superieur #ItalianFWT
- Cooking Chat – Ziti with Kale Pesto and Roasted Broccoli
- Food Wine Click – They Sure Love Fontina in the Valle d’Aosta
- Confessions of a Culinary Diva – Valle d’Aosta Fonduta & Wine
- The Wining Hour – Valle d’Aosta Petit Rouge & Fontina
Zuppa di Cavolo con Fontina “Bread, Cabbage and Fontina Soup”
This hearty dish is more a casserole or hot dish than a soup, although it will depend how much liquid you use and how much you allow to cook off. It’s easy to prepare and unique. As with most cucina povera (kitchen of the poor), a few simple ingredients are all you need. The full recipe is at Rustico Cooking along with some other Valle d’Aosta Fontina recipes to try.