[...] Tree-ripened peaches may have passed their prime, but Pam Byran of Pucker Brush Farm offers an absolutely delightful peach jam. Bryan has long participated Saturday mornings at the Farmers at the Firehouse Market in the Strip District.
Her chunky peach jam avoids cloying sweetness and, instead, delivers the peaches' sun-ripened essence. Farmer Byran recommends putting the jam on vanilla ice cream. Slathering it on a slice of fresh sourdough bread, also available from Mediterra Bakehouse at the same market, makes a simple and delicious combination.
Pair it with the delightful 2012 Cantine della Marca Collevite, Falerio, Italy (Luxury 33127; Chairman's Selection on sale: $13.99). Located in the rolling hillside vineyards outside of Ascoli Piceno, the capital of Italy's Marche province along the Adriatic coast, this modern winery specializes in traditional regional varieties. This terrific white comes from passerina, trebbiano and pecorino grapes.
The region's two small rivers and mountains on three sides shape the fruit's full ripeness and refreshing acidity. Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks captures the fruit's forward aromas and freshness.
Floral, orange and honey aromas greet the nose. Ripe peach and citrus flavors balance with lovely creaminess and refreshing acidity through the dry finish. Highly recommended.