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The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
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A Verdicchio “best in quality-price ratio”

A Verdicchio “best in quality-price ratio” | Wines and People | Scoop.it

We are thrilled to announce that in a season in which Barone Pizzini and Pievalta have already delivered a tsunami of accolades, Pievalta has brought home yet another with a “best in quality-price ratio” award from the editors of the Gambero Rosso Bere Bene (Drink Well) guide 2016 for its 2014 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Superiore Dominé.

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A Verdicchio “best in quality-price ratio” made from 100% Verdicchio grape and grown organically. Its name is Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2014 from Pievalta, Maiolati Spontini in Le Marche and it is a wine with an enticing bouquet of flowers and aromatic herbs.

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Silver at Decanter Awards for Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva San Paolo 2012

Silver at Decanter Awards for Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva San Paolo 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it
The official results are in: Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva San Paolo 2012 has been awarded a Silver Medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards!
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Pievalta: a profile of Castelli di Jesi's first biodynamic grape grower

Pievalta: a profile of Castelli di Jesi's first biodynamic grape grower | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Above: Pievalta grape growers and winemakers, husband and wife, Alessandro Fenino and Silvia Loschi (image via WineStories.it). 

“Biodynamic viticulture” denotes bringing life into the vineyards by helping the vines to re-activate the forces that allow them to interact with the sky and earth. At Pievalta, we work exclusively with natural vineyard treatments and vegetable-based, organic substances. They facilitate the formation of fertile humus and they increase the vitality of the vines. In our view, this is the only way to achieve a wine that truly expresses the place where it is grown and vintage in which it is born.

Pievalta takes its name from the small, picturesque church that stands at the entrance to the estate. The winery is located in the village of Maiolati Spontini, in the heart of the Castelli di Jesi appellation, an area known for its beautiful walled medieval hamlets and their famous white wine, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. [...]

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Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2011

Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2011 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

One of the stellar white wines produced by Pievalta s.r.l., a subsidiary vintner of the internationally acclaimed Barone Pizzini cellars, Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2011 is an award-winning varietal from the Marche region of central Italy.
Made from 100% Verdicchio grape and grown organically in strict adherence to, and certified by, Demeter International’s biodynamic standards, Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2011 has an enticing bouquet of flowers and aromatic herbs. On the palate, it has a strong, savory, persistent taste. It’s drinkability is both pleasing and engaging.
Golden yellow in the glass that matches the color of the bottle’s label, Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2011 marries well with a variety of main-course fish dishes, shellfish salads, sushi, pasta and pizza.

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Pievalta: Biodynamic farming in Le Marche

Pievalta: Biodynamic farming in Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Balance and beauty, harmony and dynamism, luminosity and warmth. These are adjectives that can be used to describe the Marches (Marche) countryside. But they can also be used to describe the Marches’ favorite son, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. After being bewitched by the ancient rapport between this grape and this place, we decided we would begin farming Verdicchio using biodynamic practices. [...]

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Pievalta takes its name from the small, picturesque church that stands at the entrance to the estate. The winery is located in the village of Maiolati Spontini, in the heart of the Castelli di Jesi appellation, an area known for its beautiful walled medieval hamlets and their famous white wine, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi [source]

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Biodynamic Vineyards in Le Marche | What is preparation 500?

Biodynamic Vineyards in Le Marche | What is preparation 500? | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Cow horn manure preparation 500
What is it? It’s fresh cow manure that has been placed in a cow horn and buried in the fall until being unearthed in the spring.
How is it used? When it is sprayed, it bolsters the life of the soil and the roots of the plants.
It helps the earth to create humus, the colloidal layer of the soil composed of microorganisms that serve as the basis of the soil’s fertility.
When the horn is unearthed, the preparation has been completely transformed into an elastic, aromatic colloidal substance.
It is sprayed in the fall and in the spring after being dissolved in room-temperature water.
90 grams, dissolved into 30 liters of dynamized water, are enough to spray a hectare of vineyard.
It facilitates fertility and the formation of humus in the soil and stimulates plant growth through its effect on the roots of the plants.

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Thanks to the use of natural farming methods, such as biodynamics, Pievalta creates wines that express  harmony and unique character of organic wines with zero residues through Verdicchio grapes. After years of research and experimentation, today Pievalta wines are Demeter certified.

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Perlugo, sparkling Verdicchio from Pievalta

Perlugo, sparkling Verdicchio from Pievalta | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The first time I tasted this wine, a sparkling wine from Verdicchio, it was during our first visit to the winery in the Marches and it was the first occasion that I sat down to taste with grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino and his wife Silvia Loschi, who manages the estate.
“Because we come from a tradition of classic-method sparkling wine,” he told me, “we decided to make this wine, a homage to Barone Pizzini,” Pievalta’s sister winery, where Alessandro and Silvia both worked for many years before leaving to found the winery in Castelli di Jesi. [...]

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Budget Wine of the Week: 2010 Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Budget Wine of the Week: 2010 Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Average Price: $17 It is made from the indigenous Italian grape Verdicchio. While not the cheapest of wines, it offers tremendous value in the under-$20 range.

The Taste: Lemony, straw color with restrained yet inviting aromas and flavors of citrus, red apple and apricot with nuances of fresh flowers, honey, pronounced earthy minerality and a wonderful nutty note on the finish. On the palate it is wonderfully crisp and refreshing, juicy mouthfeel. The texture is moderately rich with lots of extract and flavor concentration. Long minerally finish with a delightful spicy kick.

At the Table: Because of the fairly rich palate and mouthfeel, this wine pairs well with a wide variety of dishes such as scallops, pan-fried white or oily fish - we enjoyed it with spanish mackeral. It would also be fantastic with a simple herbed roast chicken or veal scaloppine served with creamy mashed potatoes.

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