Murcia al Vino

January 8th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.

In a year in which Spanish cheeses have really caught our attention, Murcia al Vino has piqued both our interest and our taste buds.  To find Murcia al Vino, one must travel to the Murcia region in southeastern Spain.  Here you will find herds of Murciano-Granadina goats, whose lush, richly-flavored milk is the basis for this dense, creamy cheese.  The Murcia in the cheese's name comes from these goats.

The al Vino refers to wine, specifically, the doble pasta (dark, strong, tannic) red wine in which the cheese is bathed for three days.  Soaking the white-hued cheese imparts a deep-burgundy tint to the rind, and adds a slightly sweet flavor that complements the natural tang you expect from goat's milk cheese.  Intriguingly, the wine's color doesn’t make it past the rind, and the contrast of the dark red rind and the white cheese creates an interesting focal point on a cheese plate.

Serve Murcia al Vino with our Gourmet Spanish Combo Pack and Manchego for a supremely Spanish sampler, or pair it with our Greek Olive Medley and Mesquite Smoked Almonds for a more international presentation.  We're selling Murcia al Vino in random weight pieces of about eight ounces, for $9.99 a pound.  You'll find it in our cheese case.

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