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Dec 7, 2008 07:24 PM

What is the best Robiola?

From the SF Chronicle ...

"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

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

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.

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

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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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

        La Tur is a Robiola Piemontese.

        Taleggio, currently being discussed as March 2013 Cheese of the Month, is an example of Robiola Lombardia.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          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.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            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

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