Confusion is usually the first thing that people experience when confronted with the Pecorino grape for the first time. “Isn’t Pecorino the name of a cheese?” many ask, and, of course, they’re right. Pecorino Romano is the name of a famous sheep’s milk cheese made in the Latium and Sardinia regions of Italy, while the Pecorino we’re concerned with here is a grape grown on the other side of the Italian peninsula in the Marche and Abruzzo regions. One might be inclined to wonder if the grape and the cheese had something in common given their identical names and the answer is, kind of. Both are derived from the same word, pecora, which means “sheep” in Italian. Pecorino Romano (and Pecorino Toscana and Pecorino Sardo) is so named because it is a sheep’s milk cheese. The Pecorino grape is so named not because of any kind of direct link to sheep, but because it is said that sheep particularly enjoyed eating the grapes while they were being driven through vineyards from pasture to pasture.
- Awarded Wines of Le Marche: Offida Pecorino Podere Colle Vecchio 2010 – Tenuta Cocci Grifoni (internetbillboards.net)
- Sparkling wine Pecorino Brut Cherri (internetbillboards.net)
- LiCoste Pecorino from Domodimonti, Le Marche (internetbillboards.net)
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