Marche: 18 awarded wines and, above all, the Verdicchio that, between the Castelli di Jesi and Matelica, scores a strike, with so many different interpretations and an average level very remarkable. The extraordinary interpretations of Verdicchio, these grapes so eclectic, have given us, this year, wines with fresh and sharp interpretations more subtle and refined than ever, with sober elegance and intense aroma. The Pecorino confirmed what expressed in 2013 among whites and so the reds with excellent performances, continuity and some new entries. To remark the dessert wines, especially obtained from dried grapes of Lacrima of Morro d' Alba and Verdicchio. 1 of 5 producers were not in the Guide 2013, great sign dynamicity.
Arshura ’11 Valter MattoniCastelli di Jesi Verdicchio Cl. Crisio Ris.’11 CasalfarnetoCastelli di Jesi Verdicchio Cl. Plenio Ris. ’10 Umani RonchiCastelli di Jesi Verdicchio Cl. V. Novali Ris. ’10Terre Cortesi MoncaroCastelli di Jesi Verdicchio Cl. Villa Bucci Ris. ’10 BucciIl Pollenza ’10 Il PollenzaKupra ’10 Oasi degli AngeliOffida Pecorino Artemisia ’12 Tenuta SpinelliRosso Piceno Sup. Roggio del Filare’10 VelenosiVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Il Cantico della Figura Ris. ’10 Andrea FeliciVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. San Paolo Ris. ’10 PievaltaVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. San Sisto Ris. ’10 Fazi BattagliaVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sel. GG Ris. ’08 Gioacchino GarofoliVerdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Ylice ’12 Poderi MattioliVerdicchio di Matelica Collestefano ’12 CollestefanoVerdicchio di Matelica Meridia ’10 BelisarioVerdicchio di Matelica Mirum Ris. ’11 La MonacescaVerdicchio di Matelica Vign. Fogliano ’10 Bisci
Italian food tour… The regional gastronomical tour of Italy continues this week at Acqua where Chef Ivan Beacco conjures culinary hits from Marche.
Located in central eastern Italy, Marche boasts more than 100 miles of coastline along the Adriatic Sea yet remains one of the country’s least known providences. Mostly agricultural, very green and mountainous, it was rural and poor until the 1980s when it began capitalizing on its agrarian past with boutique vineyards and small craft workshops that have blossomed into major international brands (think Tod’s).
Wines and foods of the area are also little known but surprisingly delish. The most common vines are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Sangiovese and Verdicchio, for example. Regional dishes run from local fish to homegrown olives.
Chef Beacco is presenting a four-course tasting menu – olive ascolane: breaded green olives stuffed with blended ground beef, chicken and pork; Capelli d’angelo ai ceci: angel hair pasta with Italian bacon, chickpeas and shallots; Tonno in panizza: zesty fresh tuna with black olives and tomatoes; and Crema fritta: fried custard cream with pistachio gelato. Paired with local wines, including Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi “Garofoli”, this is a sure winner for $48 a person.
The Wine Tourism Movement, born in 1993, is a nonprofit association that includes approximately 1000 of the most prestigious cellars in Italy On the last week end of May, the 1000 member wineries of Italy’s Wine Tourism Movement are open to the public with a variety of entertaining initiatives . An invitation to the many wine enthusiasts and tourists to a responsible approach to wine tasting. In the link below you can get connected with the page of the Wine Tourism Movement with all the useful addresses to organize your visit in Le Marche. More than 80 different wineries have joined the initiative in the Region.
Visit the official site of Cantine Aperte Marche 2013
A short video to introduce Le Senate winery that produce quality, uncommon, red wines in Le Marche region of Italy. More info at www.lesenate.it To achieve higher quality, Le Senate operates manual selection of grapes on vibrating table.
Winner of the Gourmand Wine Books prize for 'Best Drinks Writing Book' in the UK A fascinating journey through ancient wine country that reveals the drinking habits of early Christians, from Abraham to Jesus. Wine connoisseur Joel Butler teamed up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that travels the biblical wine trail in order to understand what kinds of wines people were drinking 2,000 to 3,500 years ago. Along the way, they discover the origins of wine, unpack the myth of Shiraz, and learn the secrets of how wine infiltrated the biblical world. This fascinating narrative is full of astounding facts that any wine lover can take to their next tasting, including the myths of the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Jewish wine gods, the emergence of kosher wine, as well as the use of wine in sacrifices and other rites. It will also take a close a look at contemporary modern wines made with ancient techniques, and guide the reader to experience the wines Noah (the first wine maker!) Abraham, Moses and Jesus drank.
[...] Of course probability of finding very good and reasonably priced wine is getting better and better in today’s world – but you can even further improve it by stepping out of familiar circle and looking for wines from under-appreciated regions.
So what are those under-appreciated regions? As you can imagine, there are lots of them. Again, all the exotic places aside, for each famous wine region, the same countries have tens of “under-appreciated” regions, consistently making good wines for hundreds of years, with majority of those wines being also reasonably priced. In France, great wines are made in Loire, Provence, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon (we already talked about them) and many other places. In Italy, excellent wines are made in Umbria, Sicily, Lombardy, Marche and again in many other regions. Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Jumilla and La Mancha in Spain; Long Island, Virginia and Texas in United States, South Africa, Israel, Lebanon, Greece, Georgia and Hungary… There is no limit to the places where now we can look for consistently good wines.
As usual, time to open a bottle, right? Let me give you a few examples from the regions which I believe are under-appreciated.
Let’s start in Italy, in the region called Marche, which is located on Adriatic coast of Italy, near Ancona. There are a number of great wines produced in that region, which is still staying off the radar for the most of the wine lovers. Particularly, white wines made out of the grape called Verdicchio, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica are excellent white wines, with balanced acidity and fruit, perfect for summer day. The red wines are made mostly out of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. This particular 2006 Casal Farneto Rosso Conero IGT is made of the blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese, and it is an excellent red wine with lots of layers and luscious red and black fruit on the palate (think of blackberries and sour cherries), perfectly balanced. [...]
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