The word Pecorino, which may bring some familiarity to this cheese, simply means that it is a product of Sheep’s milk. The unique flavor of Sheep’s cheese can be very enjoyable and the good ones are frequently subjects of complete adoration. This Pecorino Gran Cru is not as highly regarded as Pecorino Romano but it is made in a very similar way.
Wheels of Pecorino Gran Cru are aged for twenty months, under the same conditions as Romano. Over the course of the cheese’s maturation, it develops a sweet flavor and a firm texture.
Like other hard aged cheeses, the well balanced paste can be speckled with tiny bits of crystallization. The pleasant crackle breaks up the dense texture of this cheese and sparkles in the light.
Grating this cheese over pasta is acceptable, but shaving off long strips to enjoy solo instead would be far more enjoyable. Serve a plate of thin slices with a tall glass of wine like a Sardinia Red Cannonau and a drizzling of exotic honey.
Upon receipt of your order the ice pack may no longer be frozen. This is expected and should not be the cause of alarm. The cheese should be cool to room temperature. Once rewrapped and stored properly the cheese will last up to 3 weeks.
For optimal storage allowing the cheese to breathe and retain moisture wrap the cheese in wax paper, plastic wrap or tin foil upon arrival.
A - Bloomy rind, tomes, hard or dry rind cheeses - wrap only the cut surface in plastic wrap, leaving the rind exposed so the cheese can breathe.
B - Blue cheeses should be wrapped securely in tin foil.
C - Washed rind cheeses should be wrapped in wax paper.
D - Small cheeses such as goat’s milk crottin should be wrapped in wax paper.
E - Soft cheeses store well in waxed paper or sealed containers.
Store your cheese in a cool, damp place such as a wine cellar, larder, wine cabinet, or in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator (the warmest part of the refrigerator).
As a general rule, aged hard cheeses last longer than softer, less aged varieties.
For the fullest flavor it is recommended to bring cheese to room temperature before serving.
* See cheese label for proper storage recommendations
To ensure product quality all cheese will ship overnight May 1 through October 1 due to warm summer temperatures.
October through May all cheese will ship 2nd Day, with an Overnight option available at an additional charge.