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How to get your wines to US market

How to get your wines to US market | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Two years ago, at a major Italian wine tasting in New York, I asked a Barolo winemaker friend if he had a suggestion for a new and interesting line of wines.

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr, Aida Guemati
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TAVOLO14's comment, November 2, 2012 1:59 PM
Nice post.
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(http://www.lifemarche.net) There are so many good wines in the world and so few well-known winemakers, especially in Le Marche
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Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico, Marches, Italy

Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico, Marches, Italy | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Winemaker Maurizio Marchetti is an avid painter. With a particular love for the work of Renaissance painter Botticelli (“Don’t we all, darling!”), this particular bottle bears Botticelli’s Venus.
Marchetti is known to be extremely picky about the grapes he chooses to go into his wines. What’s new there, since that’s what EVERY winery in the world claims!?!? 

That’s very true, but not every winemaker in the world has a cardiologist for a wife! 
That’s right! Maurizio Marchetti is the brains behind this operation, but since his wife is a heart surgeon, he can afford to be a little-more selective about the grapes he uses. So-much-so, that he sometimes produces as little as a half bottle of wine per vine! [...]

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Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore Monteprandone, 2006

Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore Monteprandone, 2006 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Rosso Piceno, Marches, Italy- Takes things to another level with aromas and flavors of very ripe, jammy fruit, roasted coffee and tar, rich and concentrated, and a swelling, expanding finish that promises fine drinking for another decade. Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels.

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Le Marche Wine in the UK Market | Marche Rosso IGP 'Terre Cortesi', Moncaro

Le Marche Wine in the UK Market | Marche Rosso IGP 'Terre Cortesi', Moncaro | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Founded in 1964, Moncaro is a vast co-operative and the most important wine-producing operation in the beautiful Marche region. The company has three separate wineries, producing over 7 million bottles a year, situated in the principal viticultural areas of the Marche: Montecarotto, Camerano and Acquaviva. The wines are easy drinking and great value.
About The Wine
A blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes sourced from hillside vines in the Marche.
Tasting Notes
An intense ruby-red wine in colour. It has a fruity and floral bouquet with hints of wild berries.

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Le Marche Wine in the UK Market | Marche Rosato IGP, Rosaspina, Moncaro

Le Marche Wine in the UK Market | Marche Rosato IGP, Rosaspina, Moncaro | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The grapes are grown on vines situated primarily on hillsides along the valley of the Esino River in the heart of the Marche and Conero area. After the grapes are harvested partly by hand and partly by machine, the free-run must if drawn off after brief skin contact, and followed by a light press and fermentation at controlled temperatures. The wine is then matured for 3 months in steel tanks.

A luminous pink colour with salmon highlights, the aromas are deep and rich recalling wild cherry, sorb apple and musky blossoms. On the palate there is appreciable dryness with the savoury fruit and crispness creating a notable balance.

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Summer Wine: 2012 Artemisia Tenuta Spinelli - Offida Pecorino DOCG

Summer Wine: 2012 Artemisia Tenuta Spinelli - Offida Pecorino DOCG | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Artemisia Tenuta Spinelli is a family-owned winery located in Castignano in the province of Ascoli-Piceno. The vineyard is rather small with just 4 hectares and only Pecorino is cultivated. The winery also produces a Passerina but they buy the grapes for that wine from grape grower.

So why do I review a wine from such a small winery that is hardly available anywhere? The answer is simple: Because the 2012 Tenuta Spinelli Offida Pecorino is one of the very best Pecorino I tasted (and I’ve tasted many). [...]

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Azienda Ferriera: wines from northern Le Marche

Azienda Ferriera: wines from northern Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

In the eighties, Rosanna and Remo's passion for the soil, sun and fruits led to the founding of the Azienda Agraria Ferriera. The soil and the land location were ideal for wine-growing and grape cultivation began immediately, boasting Bianchello, Sangiovese, Verdicchio and Chardonnay grapes. As soon as the wine growing operation was well launched, with successful results, the Estate's owners decided to seek new opportunities and began the cultivation of olive trees.
There were only a few olive-trees at first, in order to make use at its best of an uncultivated parcel of land, but soon the positive results achieved led to an expansion of the olive grove throughout the remaining land. Today, the intense fragrance of the oil from those trees accompanies the main courses served to the Estate's guests. At the beginning of new millennium, new ideas led to plan for the exploitation of the excellent production of grapes. The opinion of a wine-expert confirmed such as ideas and bottling of wine produced from the estate's grapes began. In 2004, Bianco di Remo, Rosso di Remo, Rosi Rubeo and Rosi Albus were the first wines produced: they gave shape to a new succes. [...]

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Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2013

Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2013 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This wine is soft but has a nice crisp acidity with enticing opulent tannins and amazing aromas. The light fruit flavors blend well with the lemongrass tones that drink in total harmony; the balance of minerality and flavor enhance the wines texture and bouquet.
Drinking this wine is a treat and shows the style and grace that the grape Verdicchio is known for. [...]

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Le Marche Wines in the US Market: Claudio Morelli

Le Marche Wines in the US Market: Claudio Morelli | Wines and People | Scoop.it

I had the profound pleasure of escorting a Marchegiano gentleman, Claudio Morelli, around Colorado a few weeks ago. We were there to teach people about his wines, all indigenous varieties from the Le Marche. His vineyards are perched on the hills and terraces of Metauro, in some of the northern-most vineyards of the region near the seaport town of Fano.
I learned a lot about this obscure part of Le Marche during our time together. I was surprised to understand how close some of Claudio’s vineyards in the Metauro DOC are to the Apennines.
The Morelli family has a single-vineyard wine made of the local Bianchello grape Claudio calls “Borgo del Torre” that literally comes from the hillsides that make up the foothills of this looming mountain range. [...]

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Wineries in Le Marche: Cantina Ortenzi, Fermo

Wineries in Le Marche: Cantina Ortenzi, Fermo | Wines and People | Scoop.it

La Cantina Ortenzi works his vines with the dedication and love of the past, experience wine has been passed down from father to son giving all 'ancient roots Company as our country.

Today, as then the native vines are pruned biodynamic treated and cured by hand, using only natural products making sure that the production is of high quality by selecting the best grapes.

The vineyards are located in Colle Vissiano 200 meters above sea level in the points that have been replanted the soil is rich in minerals, clay and silt the enviable position it had been sought for the placement of wind turbines but the screws enjoying this ventilation from the sea day and night from the Sibillini Mountains have a microclimate perfect for fighting the prevention of harmful mold you bunches, given that our company uses the micro-bacteriological fight with ladybugs and spiders in our hill nature reserve are alone. [...]

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Le Marche Wines in the US Market | Garofoli Ross Piceno Farnio 2012

Le Marche Wines in the US Market | Garofoli Ross Piceno Farnio 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it
 An Italian Delight from the Marche Region at  30% Off This is true Rosso Piceno (ROH-so pee-CHAY-noh) as you like it: easy to sip and ready to slake your thirs


Garofoli is one of the oldest wineries in the Marche, dating back to 1871 when Antonio Garofoli began producing wine for the local pilgrims coming to the famous church of Loreto. In 1901, Antonio’s ... Read more


This is a refined wine with rich aromas. It is extremely drinkable as soon as the spring following the harvest.Color: lively ruby red, Bouquet: fruity of good intensity with notes of ripe plums, ... Read more

Mariano Pallottini's insight:
  • Producer: Garofoli Winery
  • Unit Size: 750 ml
  • Country: Italy
  • Region: Marche
  • Grape: 60% Montepulciano, 40% Sangiovese
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Aging: Stainless Steel Tanks
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How to bring your Le Marche wine to the American market

How to bring your Le Marche wine to the American market | Wines and People | Scoop.it

People want to sell their Italian wine to America. The dream of America is still alive in Italy. Let’s take a look at some of the routes to market.
Andrea Fassone started up in Oct 2008 - oops - his business has blossomed. One groundbreaking company for Italian wines was Winebow.
In that time, other importers sprung up, feeding a thirst for even more Italian wines. Importers like Vias, Neil Empson and VinDivino.
Concurrently, larger companies like Kobrand, Palm Bay, Paterno (now Terlato) Banfi and Frederick Wildman offered Italian wines in their portfolio.
A second-generation phase of importation was initiated by Brian Larky with Dalla Terra Winery Direct®.
Bill Ippolito has an import division he looks after at Charmer Sunbelt in NY.
Going "direct" – in the last 20 years there has been a trend for some wineries to sell directly to the wholesale distributor in a variety of regions. Walter Fissore of Elvio Cogno recently left Vias and went direct. I hear now he has decided to go back to a more traditional importer, Wilson-Daniels. Scavino just left Banville & Jones to go direct. It is a more labor intensive effort to go direct. You must like to travel, all the time.
Direct to Consumer - There are models being developed that offer more of a DTC (direct to consumer) style as has been developed in the US by special ops companies like Free the Grapes, Wine Intelligence and Ship Compliant. Paul Mabray at VinTank is pushing the envelope with imported wines lately. [...]

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Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | “Oris” Falerio dei Colli Ascolani DOP 2013

Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | “Oris” Falerio dei Colli Ascolani DOP 2013 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This wine is a blend of every white grape Ciu Ciu makes, including Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina and a touch of Chardonnay.  All grapes are grown organically, without any systemic fungicides, pesticides or herbicides.  Fermented in 100% stainless steel. Fresh, fun and exciting!

Tasting notes: This certified organic wine is a blend of organically grown Trebbiano, Pecorino, and Passerina. Fermented in 100% stainless steel for 4 months. Brilliant, pale yellow with green hues, this wine has an enticing tropicalfruit driven nose. Notes of honeysuckle, lychee, peach pit, spearmint, fresh almonds and a touch of white pepper are evident on the nose. On the palate, it’s medium bodied, with balanced alcohol and acid. The weight of the wine is plump, fresh and viscous, with a caressing mouth feel. Creamy lychee, almonds and crushed rock fill the mouth and linger on a medium finish. Delicious, fun and fruity, enjoy now with grilled chicken or as an aperitif with a variety hors d’oeuvres, including spicy shrimp, sashimi or prosciutto.

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Le Marche Wines: A Full-blooded Verdicchio

Le Marche Wines: A Full-blooded Verdicchio | Wines and People | Scoop.it

I visited this winery a few years ago when it was winter. After sampling their wines from their vats, the whole Sartarelli family treated me to a wonderful meal in the winery. I intend to return, this time perhaps in spring, to taste again their Verdicchio wines, each with a different personality.

The Santarelli estate produces three basic Verdicchio wines, this stock wine, Tralivio and their unusual  Balciana (at times, nature permitting, made with grapes with Botrytis cinerea. They also produce a Verdicchio passito dessert wine and a bubbly. This has a bouquet of menthol, aromatic herbs, green apple, citrus peel and a typical note of anise. The mouthfeel is young but promising, with a copious acidity and a characteristic almond and pungent finish.

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How to Taste Wine

How to Taste Wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Learn how to taste wine with 4 basic steps. The following wine tasting tips are practiced by sommeliers to refine their palates and sharpen their ability to recall wines. Even though this method is used by pro’s, it’s actually quite simple to understand and can help anyone to improve their wine palate. [...]

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Vita Verde: From Texas to Le Marche for Organized Wine Tours

Vita Verde: From Texas to Le Marche for Organized Wine Tours | Wines and People | Scoop.it

As I started selling wine, everyone asked me where Le Marche (pronounced Lay Markay) was located.  After a few months trying to explain, I finally resorted to introducing myself as "the guy from East Tuscany."  Tuscany merits its international fame, but it's not the ONLY thing Italy has to offer.  I decided to create unique tours to show the best of Italy--known and unknown.  Part of this journey is to personally show you the depths, culture and secret treasures of my home, Le Marche. [...]

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Le Marche Wines on the UK Market | Verdicchio: Wine that work with seafood

Le Marche Wines on the UK Market | Verdicchio: Wine that work with seafood | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Acidic wines have the sharpness and zest to bring out all the flavour of seafood.

Barone Pizzini Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, Italy 2013 (£10.25, Vintage Roots) There is usually a fine-line of acidity in the white wines made from the verdicchio grape in the Marches region of central Italy, too, the snap of green apple that makes them the seafood wine of choice in this area of Italy, whether produced in the Matelica area or near to the town of Jesi, just inland from the city of Ancona. In the case of this refined example from the relatively small, organic and biodynamic verdicchio specialist Pievalta, however, you wouldn't really say acidity was the defining character: while it teases and tingles and matches wonderfully with grilled fish, it also has notes of fennel, almond and ripe pear.

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A different Verdicchio: Isola, Mencaroni Vini

A different Verdicchio: Isola, Mencaroni Vini | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The bunch of grapes gets softly and quickly pressed what permits to obtain 40% of must. The fermentation occurs at controlled temperature of 1 6°C. The wine aging in steel basins lasts 14 months. It takes place on noble wine lees which are mixed up with periodical batonnage.

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Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica 2012

Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Bright and clean, this is an engaging glass fantastic for summer sipping. Estate: The Bisci estate is located in the Matelica appellation in the western part of the Marche region in central Italy. Tasting Notes: Straw yellow with hints of green in colour with beaming aromas of lemon, fresh herbs and clean minerals. Creamy lemon and herbaceous notes wrapped around a bright acidity and culminated in lingering traces of almond. [...]

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Wine tasting in Le Marche: Cantina TerraCruda

Wine tasting in Le Marche: Cantina TerraCruda | Wines and People | Scoop.it

In oder to stand out of crowd TerraCruda focused their effort on quality... they keep it with peel much longer than others, and the wine is not spoiled because of clearness of the grapes used. Recently, their wines won few important awards and the brand has started to be widely recognizedWhite, red, rose, spumante and visciola are produced in the winery. A very special local history is related to the last one: visciola. Its particular sweet cherry taste derives from keeping it with cherries for a while. And – as they say – famous duke Federico from Urbino liked it very much. I tasted it and I must say it is delicious. A variety of wines is impressive here: each kind has few types depending on age and production process. You have youngest and most basic wines that are suitable for everyday meals, up to high class, well structured ones. [...]

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Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Alberto Serenelli 2000 Varano Rosso Conero DOC - 2008

Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Alberto Serenelli 2000 Varano Rosso Conero DOC - 2008 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

East-Central Italy’s most famous wine regions are the Abruzzi and Marche. In the Marche, the coastal area near Ancona, the most famous wines are the Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. The Rosso Piceno is a blend of Montepulciano, Sangiovese along with some lesser supporting varietals. Rosso Conero is made with 100% Montepulciano and is considered among the most representative wines of that varietal. Incidentally, Montepulciano, made famous by Vino Nobile di Montepulciano usually only has about 15% of the varietal blended with Sangiovese.

Look – Deep dark purple, almost black and murky/inky in clarity with brick/brown and garnet hued edges. When swirled, the legs are initially slow and thick and then streak down the side of the glass.

Smell – Well developed and integrated with clear ‘old world’ style and aromas. Layers of strawberry and ripe plums, hints of spicy red pepper, toasted cedar and a distinct earthy herbaceous component.

Feel – Warm, smooth and dry; full-bodied with medium-mild tannins, med-low acidity, and a creamy/fatty feel.

Taste – Not all all fruit forward. Old-world subtle fruit with ripe plums, hints of sweet-tangy fruit, tobacco, leather and earthiness.

Finish – Warm and mellow with lingering flavors of its oak barrel regimen, earthiness and ripe plums.

Conclusion – This 2000 (considered a 4-Star year) 100% Montepulciano is ready to drink now and is very expressive of the Terroir of the region. If you are a fan of old world style wines, this wine is for you. Warm and mellow, this wine balances its fruit with earthy and oak components that hint at this style’s required barrique aging.

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Le Marche Wines in the UK Market | A Midsummer Lunch's Wine

Le Marche Wines in the UK Market | A Midsummer Lunch's Wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Verdicchio, the signature wine of the Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast, is a great choice for al fresco drinking. Monte Schiavo Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 is a quality example and new to the shelves at Majestic.

It is lightly creamy in the mouth but very fresh too, suggesting lemon, lime and tropical fruit flavours, with intriguing almond notes.

Monte Schiavo Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, £6.74 (when you buy two) at Majestic 18/20

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The land of Verdicchio wine

The land of Verdicchio wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Verdicchio is a very tipical wine in Le Marche region. A tour in its land is a mix of food, relaxing landscapes, historical cities and, of course,very good wine.

There are two kinds of Verdicchio: the Verdicchio of Matelica, made in the Macerata’s province around the Matelica city, and the most famous Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, made further north in the province of Ancona. [...]

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How to Choose a Cooking Wine

How to Choose a Cooking Wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it
This guide will help you quickly identify types of cooking wine and what dishes they're used for. There are 6 main types of cooking wines...
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Dry Red & White Wines - Perfect for using with beef stews, cream soups, mussels, clams and wine-based sauces.
Dry Nutty/Oxidized Wines - Perfect for mushroom gravies on chicken and pork chop, rich fish like halibut and shrimp.
Sweet Nutty/Oxidized Wines - Perfect for syrups on desserts with nuts, caramel and vanilla ice cream.
Sweet Fortified Red Wines (Port) - Perfect for chocolate sauces, chocolate cakes, Port reduction syrup, and savory Port sauces for steaks with blue cheese.
Sweet White Wines (Sauternes) - Perfect for poaching pears, sweet sauces for fruit tarts, and faintly sweet butter sauces for flaky fish, lobster and shrimp.
Rice Wine - Perfect for Marinades, Glazes and Asian BBQ Sauce.

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Cantina dei Colli Ripani: the brand new look of the Organic Line

Cantina dei Colli Ripani: the brand new look of the Organic Line | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Cyclicity" and "Karma" are the keywords that inspire the design of the new Organic line labels, designed and produced for Cantina Colli Ripani. The primary goal is to leverage the new identity of the bottles to convey the theme of organic production and environmental sensitivity by stressing the value of "respect" and an objectively good product quality.

To purchase an organic product is to choose from a biunivocal field: it’s good for us and it’s good for the planet. In fact, in reading the new labels the consumer should be able to grasp the importance of the value of the “cycle. Give respect to get respect, offer kindness to receive kindness, choose quality to benefit from it, all the way.

The design of the new labels literally revolves around this theme. The consumer and nature are linked in a continuous cycle. The concept was put into practice by designing a layout with an "open" message, a headline without a well-defined beginning or end, but rather with a circular format, designed to be read as a virtually endless loop. [...]

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Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012

Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This wine was made from organically grown Verdicchio grapes, where the vines struggle for nutrients and water on slopes with a 20-30 degree incline, facing Northeastern/northwestern sun exposure. The vineyard is a hilly terrain of calcareous clay, at an elevation of 1,200 ft ABL. Grapes are hand harvested and yields are low at about 2.5 tons/acre, which shows in the concentration and power of the fruit on the palate. The grapes are left on the vine until they are almost over-ripe (some are even botrytis-affected), then hand-harvested and placed in small, 20 kg boxes. The utmost care is taken to harvest only the ripest fruit and therefore several passes through the vineyards are required. Vinified and aged in temperature-controlled tanks maturing in stainless steel tank until the wine is almost fully dry. 3 months ageing in bottle before release.

Tasting note: Brilliant, bright yellow. Complex nose of mineral, apple, bosc pear, oyster shell, honey, almond skin, cabbage (seems like some botrytis but apparently none in this vintage). Palate is a touch off-dry, medium bodied, balanced despite the high acid and high alcohol. Incredible texture with white peaches, ripe pear and a long, mineral finish.

Review: There’s a distinctive late harvest-like richness here; the nose is powerful and ripe, full of custard pear, vanilla-poached pear, succulent ripe white peach and plenty of honeyed nuances, while the palate is viscous and dense, with a vague impression of sweetness firmed up by a streak of acids and a certain stony-mineral note. Terrific length and depth - a verdicchio of real stature and class.  [...]

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