The Wegmans store in Collegeville, PA has a somewhat disappointing selection of cheese compared to the other stores I’ve visited. It’s got an entire case devoted to soft French cheeses like Brie, St. Andre and Port Salut, another entire case devoted to the cheeses most Americans would call “Swiss cheese” like Jarlsberg and Emmentaler, a smaller case devoted to various types of fresh mozzarella, and two cases of “other” types, including some Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian varieties.
The Italian cheese section contains lots of Stella cheese, which is made in Wisconsin. Hmm. Apart from the typical parmigiano reggiano and pecorino romano, and the old standby Piave, there wasn’t much to get excited about. We did, however, find an interesting cheese called Asiago d’Allevo Oro del Tempo.
Made by Agriform, a large company that produces Grana Padano and Monte Veronese, this cheese comes from the Veneto region and is made with semi-skimmed cow’s milk. It’s aged for at least 10 months,which gives it a more robust flavor than the younger varieties of asiago.
Blaine likes slicing it in the Kyocera mandoline … I like that it keeps him one step away from being a full-time vegan. Still, I think the sheep’s milk cheeses reign supreme. Just wish they’d carry more than the ever present manchego and feta. Maybe I should start picking up interesting cheese at Westside Market? They carry
an immense selection of more than 500 imported and domestic varieties, including European specialty cheeses, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.
Stay tuned. Time to start exploring.