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Best Hidden Secrets Of The Wine World: Underappreciated Regions

Best Hidden Secrets Of The Wine World: Underappreciated Regions | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it

[...] 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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Pairing Wines & Chocolate

Pairing Wines & Chocolate | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it
Some say it cannot be done, pairing wine with chocolate, but if you have the right wine to complement the right chocolate it can be a match made in heaven!
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Astringency In 1,024 Words - PALATE PRESS

Astringency In 1,024 Words - PALATE PRESS | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it
On the surface, astringency seems like pornography. It’s easy to recognize, even if it’s difficult to define. The problem is that it isn’t really all that easy to recognize.
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How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it
Craving wine and chocolate? Why not have both? Learn how to pair these complex, decadent treats.
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The Food Science of Wine and Chocolate - PALATE PRESS

The Food Science of Wine and Chocolate - PALATE PRESS | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it
Caution: this article may ruin your wine-tasting plans for Mother’s Day.
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A Spirited Salute: The Dorchester Collection's New Women In Wine Road Trip - Forbes

A Spirited Salute: The Dorchester Collection's New Women In Wine Road Trip - Forbes | Wine @JenniferManteca | Scoop.it
A Spirited Salute: The Dorchester Collection's New Women In Wine Road Trip
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Despite wine's increasingly wide appeal, the expertise has long been concentrated in male hands, with few women reaching high sommelier status.
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