Gruyere - The Ultimate Holiday Cheese
Gruyère owes its characteristic taste to the best quality unpasteurized milk coming straight from cows fed on lush Swiss grasses during the summer and hay during the winter. Long sandstone cave aging and salt washing help develop the intense nutty flavor. The natural, rusty brown rind is hard and dry. The paste has a wonderful complexity of flavors - at first fruity, later becomes more earthy and nutty.
Very nice with a bright and fruity Reisling, or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Excellent with strong, dark seasonal ales, stouts and porters. A favorite for fondue as it is a fantastic melting cheese due to the high fat content. On a cheese platter serve with cured meats, dried fruits and sliced fresh bosc or comice pears.