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Pecorino Il Predicatore with Merlot Wine

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$56.00 2.6lb (1.2kg)

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Pecorino Il Predicatore with Merlot Wine

Pecorino Il Predicatore is a very special cheese that is covered with marc of Tuscan red wine Merlot IGT during its ripening in an oak wine barrel. The nearly purple rind with the grape pomace gives an extraordinary taste of wine to the interior.

The Origin

The name Pecorino derives from the Italian word for sheep, "Pecora". It describes a group of hard cheeses from all over Italy. Originally the cheese was made from pure sheep's milk, today there is also cheese with added cow and goat's milk. Pecorino is considered the oldest cheese in Italy whose origins can be traced back to at least 2000 years. In the Middle Ages, the sheep's cheese Pecorino Romano was demonstrably part of the food rations of the Roman legionaries. Today, the spicy cheese made from sheep's milk is widespread throughout Italy and also popular in other countries.


Where does Pecorino come from?

The origin of Pecorino is Italy. In Tuscany, the hard cheese already knew the Etruscans. Traditionally, it is made from sheep's milk, which lives in the Lazio region and Sardinia. It is fresh, medium ripe and mature.


How is Pecorino made?

Pecorino is made from raw milk.The basis for making the cheese is raw milk, traditionally from sheep. This sheep's milk is heated from 36 to 38 degrees Celsius. Then the lab is added from kid and lamb stomachs. This is followed by a coagulation time of 45 minutes, after which the jelly is cut and the curd is heated and stirred until sufficient whey has been released.The resulting product is now placed in special baskets in which the cheese grows together during the ripening period. These baskets also explain the typical Pecorino basket print pattern.

Finally, the raw cheese is dipped in heated whey and pulled to extend the shelf life either by boiling brine or salting the loaves dry. During the production of the Pecorini, about 90 percent of whey is preserved, from which in turn ricotta is produced.


How does Pecorino taste?

Pecorino (from Italian Pecora, sheep) is a spicy cheese with a variety of uses similar to parmesan cheese. It is said that the raw milk cheese has a nutty note with lemony flavor, which is commonly associated with sheep's milk cheese. But there are differences in consistency and taste depending on the degree of ripeness. While the young, fresh Pecorino is very soft, the hardness increases with the duration of maturation whose taste is always spicy and intense. The aroma of Pecorino is unmistakable.



The Predicatore (preacher) Pecorino is a cheese, made from ewe’s milk and aged in the grape mark of pale red IGT Merlot. The aging time is between thirty and sixty days.

The crust of Predicatore cheese is a similar color to violet and it is covered by grape pomaces- the cheese was in barriques with them during its aging. This Pecorino has a magically harmonized flavor with a distinct winy aroma.

The Predicatore is very good by itself, and it is inevitable on a platter with the other cheeses. It matches very well with full-bodied red wines.



MILK Pasteurized sheep, salt of Volterra, rennet, ferments, preservative: E235, dye: E172, red Merlot marc raisin Toscana IGT surface treated.


Keep from + 2 ° to + 10 ° C.

Produced and packaged in the establishment of IT 09 038 CE.

Refined to Salumificio Artigianale Gombitelli of Triglia M&T SNC località Gombitelli 90 d, 55041 Camaiore, Lucca.


With which wine match it

  • Syrah

IGP intense color wine with violet highlights from Lazio; a nose of fresh fruit and cherry, accompanied by spicy notes that blend with a great balance and elegance with those of vanilla and sweet hints given by the wood; an enchanting and smooth taste, with velvety tannins, rich and persistent finish.

  • Merlot di Toscana

Tuscan IGT intense ruby red wine; typical herbaceous nose; persistent taste with the notes of red berry fruit.

  •  Nero D’Avola Sicilia

IGT ruby red wine from Sicily; Bouquet with notes of red fruits, plum, and sour cherry, after aging in wood, we perceive the aroma of vanilla and coconut; dry taste, with evident but sweet tannins, good structure.

Born with the fruits of the Tuscan land, Il Predicatore or "The Preacher", is a sheep milk cheese matured with marc of red merlot wine. The purple crust is dotted with marc which rests with the cheese during maturation in oak barrels giving it a magically balanced interior with a distinct vinous aroma.

Suggestion: Good as an appetizer. Pairs well with white wine or rose wine.

2.6 pound (1.2 kilogram) - WEIGHT APPROXIMATES

Ingredients: Pasteurized sheep milk, red merlot raisin, salt, rennet

Packaging: Vacuum-sealed Plastic

Aging: 30-60 days
Flavor: Sweet, fruity
Texture: Semi-soft
Color: Purplish white
Aroma: Vinous, distinct
Region: Tuscany

Product of Italy


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