Pecorino Foglie di Noci - sheep's milk hard cheese, cut cheese - 1 lb/454 gr, Italy.
A hard aged sheep's milk Italian cheese wrapped in leaves, perfect with bread and red wine (and not at all like Pecorino Romano, another Italian sheep cheese most people are familiar with). It is not salty and best enjoyed slivered, with olives on a hot day. A farmhouse sheep's milk cheese from Emilia Romagna that is aged in walnut leaves in ventilated caves to enhance its flavor. Since walnut leaves ripen just twice a year, this Pecorino cheese is available seasonally.
Compliments: Foglie di Noci pairs nicely with artichokes and raw vegetables.
Appropriate wines: Chianti, Cabernet, Petite Syrah, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay.