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Murcia al Vino is a hard yet creamy goats’ cheese that has been immersed in red wine during its ageing process, because of this it is sometimes known as the ‘Drunken Goat’.
All of the wine that is used to immerse the cheese comes from the province of Murcia in south east Spain. The cheese has been giving protected PDO status so it can only be made from unpasteurised milk which must come from registered herds of Murcian goat breeds. The most prevalent of these is the Murciano-Granadina and they are said to be Spain’s best milk producing breed.
Immersing the cheeses in red wine gives their rinds a rich purple colour, which is particularly noticeable against the bright white paste of the cheese. The cheese itself can be a little bit salty but this is offset by a slight hint of wine and a fabulous creaminess.
In Spain this cheese is eaten as a snack with a glass of wine or beer. We particularly like it with a chilled glass of Chablis.