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The Pecorino Grape


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About Pecorino

(Synonyms: Arquitano, Norcino, Pecorina Arquatanella, Pecorino di Osimo, Promotico, Uva delle Pecore, Uva Pecorina, Vissanello.)

Background

Map showing Offida in Italy.

Pecorino is a white-wine grape likely originating in the Monti Sibillini area of the Marches region of Italy. Today, it is grown primarily Offida and Ripatransone in the Italian province of Ascoli Piceno. For monovarietal Pecorino wines, the DOCG is Offida (though even there, the Pecorino can, technically, be cut with up to 15% of other local white-wine grapes).

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The wines of Pecorino, which is rapidly rising in stature, are distinctly mineral, often with crisp, refreshing acidity and flavors of herbs, spices, and (of course) lemon.

Factoid: the name Pecorino derives from the Italian word for sheep; it is unrelated to Pecorino cheese—made from sheep’s milk—save in the possibility that the grapes was so named owing to sheep frequently nibbling the grapes off the vines (though it is often remarked that the cheese and the wine go well together).

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Some Descriptions of Pecorino Wines

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Some Pecorinos to Try

(About this list.)

The wines listed below are each a bit scarcer than we prefer, but are none of them really rare or hard to find. And they demonstrate the nice quality of Pecorinos on the market now.


Pietramore Pecorino Superiore

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Cirelli Pecorino

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Tiberio Pecorino

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Ferzo Pecorino Superiore

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Eikos Pecorino

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Pecorino wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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