You have probably tasted or seen younger versions of Gouda that come encased in red wax and cellophane. These mild cheeses may be great for the kids, but we'd like to introduce you to the more sophisticated and elaborate flavor of Aged Gouda. This amber-colored, very hard cow's milk cheese, is one of Holland's best kept secrets. It has a fragrant scotch-whiskey type of aroma with a flavor that is both sharp and sweet at the same time. The rind varies in color from black to burnt orange and the deeply complex flavor will bring to mind thoughts of caramel, molten honey, and butterscotch. Discover the cheese that the Dutch keep for themselves!
Red wine: Madiran (Tannat, Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes)