Tuscany is the ?Land of Sheep? so I thought we should begin with the classic sheep?s milk cheese, Pecorino. Pecorino Toscano (peh-koh-ree-no toh-skah-noh) cheeses are what this region is known for; there are many styles from young to quite aged. Pecorino Toscano is one of Italy?s DOP (legally protected origin) cheeses. I love Pecorino Toscano with Remole. The smooth, earthy, nutty, sometimes a bit sweet and salt-forward flavor works with this wine. It is great for a picnic or before a pasta dinner sliced thin with some savory olives, some crusty bread and perhaps a good salami and prosciutto.
If you can?t find Pecorino Toscano, you can substitute Pecorino Romano. This cheese has more sharpness and ups the salty flavor. Pecorino Romano and Pecorino Toscano would make an interesting cheese board at your party. With both cheeses you can taste how each cheese of a ?similar? concept work with Remole.
You can taste the Pecorino Toscano with the wine first. Just smell the cheese and look at its beauty just like you would with a wine. Now taste the cheese and do The Cheese Highway? with Remole. Now you can enjoy how this cheese pairs with the wine.
Honey and Pecorino Toscano is delicious. I?d recommend a sweeter honey at first like a wild flower honey or, if you can find it, Tuscan acacia honey. Drizzle just a little bit of the honey on the cheese and then properly execute The Cheese Highway?. You can see how this addition of honey gives you the gift of another flavor adventure to experience with the same cheese and wine.
A fun idea for a party is to ask each guest to bring a different variety of honey and you can experiment. There are a plethora of flower varietals in honey like blueberry, orange blossom, and chestnut to pair with Pecorino Toscano. This is a new way for all to participate in creating your party.