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What is the best Robiola?

rworange Dec 7, 2008 07:24 PM

From the SF Chronicle ...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/07/WIGNBDJCCV1.DTL&type=wine

"Northern Italy's robiola cheese varies considerably from one producer to the next, depending on family recipe, local custom and available milk. Made throughout the Piedmont and Lombardy regions, robiola may include goat's, sheep's or cow's milk, or any combination thereof. Even the one DOP (denominazione di origine protetta, or name-protected) robiola -- Robiola di Roccaverano -- allows for cow's milk, although traditionalists use only goat's and sheep's milk."

It goes on to say the best are in Italy and aged less than 60 days.

I bought this one today - Robiola di Capra Incavolata
http://www.formaggidieros.it/uk/formaggi/formaggi-capra.html

It is wrapped in fresh cabbage leaves and tied with twine. It is soft and gooey creamy. I'm a little put out with the cheese monger who told me it was a seasonal cheese and made from goat, cow and sheep cheese when reading the website it seems to be available all year and is only made from goat milk.

However another online site says it is all three cheeses
http://www.foodresearchers.com/master_chef/definitions/r/robiolaincafolata.htm

It seems that the two that get lots of acclaim are
- Robiola Bosina
- La Tur

Or is that the same cheese? Are there also aged versions?

What wines go well with robiola? For this one the cheesemonger suggested pinot gris.

What pairs well with it? Is it just eaten straight or used in recipes ... or does it depend on the robiola if it is used in recipes.

This seems like a good link that addresses some of of the above.
http://www.milkonline.com/fiera/chees...

How do you use this cheese and which do you like best?

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 8, 2009 04:49 PM

    Ridgeback Viognier goes exceptionally well with Robiola.

    Bosina can be quite good. I bought a nice ripe one at Berkeley Bowl yesterday. Cow and sheep, no goat.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      ...tm... Apr 12, 2014 10:06 PM

      I recently got Robiola Bosina Alta Langha for $26.99/lb from Whole Foods (cow/sheep, despite being advertised as 3-milk on the $5 discount sign). It was pleasant, but very mild and creamy--not enough character for me to spend more than I would on a baseline soft cheese.

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      emilief Aug 9, 2009 11:08 AM

      Love La Tur- but don't think it is the same thing as Robiola- at least not at the cheese shop I buy my cheese from.

      5 Replies
      1. re: emilief
        Melanie Wong Mar 19, 2013 06:13 PM

        La Tur is a Robiola Piemontese.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/26296

        Taleggio, currently being discussed as March 2013 Cheese of the Month, is an example of Robiola Lombardia.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892781

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Robert Lauriston Mar 22, 2013 01:17 PM

          I don't believe robiola should be capitalized except for DOC / DOP cheeses such as Robiola della Langhe, Robiola di Roccaverano, and Robiola Bosina.

          La Tur is a proprietary cheese. The producer, Caseficio dell'Alta Langa, also makes a Robiola Bosina.

          http://www.caseificioaltalanga.it

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Melanie Wong Mar 22, 2013 01:24 PM

            That would be the convention in the wine world, I'm not up on cheese monikers. But yes, robiola piemontese is a generic name for a style and not DOC/DOP.

            Any others that you recommend?

            And please do take a look around this new Cheese Board and chime in.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Robert Lauriston Mar 22, 2013 01:47 PM

              My favorite is the two-milk Robiola that Farmstead favors, but I can't remember the brand.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                Melanie Wong Mar 22, 2013 02:03 PM

                Maybe this Guffanti? I've seen the label around.
                http://www.cheezwhse.com/detail.php?i...

      2. jpr54_1 Mar 22, 2013 11:54 AM

        all links do not work

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