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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 10:59 AM
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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Bioculture: 8 artists trek through Verdicchio country

Bioculture: 8 artists trek through Verdicchio country | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Above: A group of eight artists recently descended upon the Pievalta estate, constructing art installations, performing music, and blogging about their experience.

Bioculture, is a pilot project that promotes our territory of Le Marche in the UK. The project spotlights Terroir Marche, a consortium of organic winegrowers, and the Marche region through a new experiential touristic journey which will be undertaken for the very first time by a group of eight young artists of excellence.[...]

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Susan Hulme presents you Le Marche, Region of Wines

Susan Hulme presents you Le Marche, Region of Wines | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The Marche is surprising in its riches. It has breath-taking snow-covered mountains inland where the spine of the Apennines form a backbone through Italy from north to south. Inland too, away from the coast, the landscape is full of undulating, wooded hills, peppered with picturesque towns and villages and fast flowing turquoise-green rivers. Wood smoke fills the air in the cobbled, steep streets of the many walled medieval towns such as the famous towns of Jesi and Urbino.

Jesi is known to many wine lovers as being the source of one of Italy’s most famous dry, white wines, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.  Over the years as I have taught wine courses and talked about the crisp, dry white wine with the long name, sold formerly in the distinctive amphora-shaped bottle [...]

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Le Marche Wines in the Irish Market: Ciu Ciu Bacchus, Rosso Piceno 2012 DOP

Le Marche Wines in the Irish Market: Ciu Ciu Bacchus, Rosso Piceno 2012 DOP | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This Italian red has delicious ripe fruit on the palate - raspberry and cherry - with hints of liquorice, ending off with a lovely savoury and mint finish. 

The Marche on Italy's Adriatic coast is better than most regions at offering great value Italian wine, delivering both personality and value in reds and whites. It is in areas like this I am delighted to meet winemakers like the Bartolomei family.

They are firmly committed to tradition and making wine that represents their terroir-that unique and inimitable combination of soil, microclimate, aspect and local environmental factors which sets one place apart from another. Natalino Bartolomei started the estate in 1970, calling it Ciu Ciu in memory of his father, who worked on the railroads-it really is as it sounds! [...]

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What is a Reserve Wine? Well, That Depends

What is a Reserve Wine? Well, That Depends | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Some countries have strict rules but, in the US, the word 'Reserve' doesn’t technically mean anything. Find out the true definition of a reserve wine.
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Saladini Pilastri Pecorino DOCG, Offida, 2013

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino DOCG, Offida, 2013 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

So there are few wines that bring together the weight, the drinkablity, and the general deliciousness of the unsung, yet striking, Pecorino grape.  I know of only a handful of importers of this lovely little wine from the regions of Central-Eastern Italia.

What I like so much about this wine is the fact that it goes down so smooth, and with a lovely combination of foods, too.  The nose is somewhat neutral, but with a touch of lemon cream and raw Marcona almond – that clean, raw / fresh nut flavor that is so apparent in a lot of Italian whites.  I also get a bit of the seashore here.  May be its a little “minerality” maybe it something else, but that freshness of the wine is so appealing and hits the right spot for me. [...]

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Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Wine of the Week: A go-to drink for pizza or burgers

Le Marche Wine in the US Market | Wine of the Week: A go-to drink for pizza or burgers | Wines and People | Scoop.it

In the Marche Region of Italy, the Garofoli family has built a thriving wine company dating from the late 1800s. Today’s fifth generation oversees 123.5 acres of vineyards in different communes of the region, as well as two wineries. Their well-known white verdicchio wines are made at their winery in that classic region while reds, including the Fárnio, and other whites and sparkling wines are made at their winery in [...]

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The festival of the "vino cotto" (cooked wine) - Loro Piceno

The festival of the "vino cotto" (cooked wine) - Loro Piceno | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This town in the territory of Macerata has found his fortune in the art and in the farming tradition.It was the Picenes to introduce a new technique for processing of grape must: cook in huge copper cauldrons until reduced by more than half the volume, put it in oak barrels and let it age. This technique differed from the processing used for the production of vinegar. For the farmers, it was also a way to recover the grapes most degraded and not to remain devoid of wine during the year. Loro Piceno for 43 years has been the leader and pioneer in the election of cooked wine as an emblem of the city.
The Vino cotto is the pride of Loro Piceno. To produce it are used the grapes of native vines, primarily the Maceratino, Sangiovese and Galloppa. [...]

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Warm Climate vs. Cool Climate Wines

Warm Climate vs. Cool Climate Wines | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Learn 2 big tips on why you should care where you wine comes from. Guess what, it has nothing to do with quality and everything to do with the weather.
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Wine Ratings Demystified | A Pragmatic Approach to Using Wine Ratings

Wine Ratings Demystified | A Pragmatic Approach to Using Wine Ratings | Wines and People | Scoop.it

See how wine ratings work, know their shortcomings, and then get a few pragmatic solutions that will improve how you buy wine.

The 100-point scale actually starts at 50 points (and some raters never include wines below 80):

  • 50-59 wines are flawed and undrinkable
  • 60-69 wines are flawed and not recommended but drinkable
  • 70-79 wines are flawed and taste average
  • 80-84 wines are ‘above average’ to ‘good’
  • 85-90 wines are ‘good’ to ‘very good’
  • 90-94 wines are ‘superior’ to ‘exceptional’
  • 95-100 wines are benchmark examples or ‘classic’


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Italy's Weird and Wonderful Wine Grapes

Italy's Weird and Wonderful Wine Grapes | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Sometimes, one producer’s wine becomes so popular that others don’t want to miss out on the action, but the problem is few vines of the native grape remain. Once-rare Lacrima wines are an example. Lacrima is an aromatic red grape and the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wine explodes with a litany of fragrances in the glass; yet some speak of a "tough", or quite tannic, wine. "I would submit," says Stefano Mancinelli, perhaps Italy’s best known producer of the wine, "that tough Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines are made with too little Lacrima and too much Montepulciano. [...]

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Comparing Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Comparing Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Indisputable queen of white grapes of Marches, Verdicchio is among the most interesting white grapes of Italy and protagonist of excellent wines famous all over the world

In the enological scene of Marches - the pleasant region of central Italy which from the Apennines goes to the Adriatic sea - there is a grape which more than others distinguishes the wines of the region, a grape which contributed to the fundamental rebirth of the wines of Marches: Verdicchio. Among the most appreciated grapes of Italy, Verdicchio is capable of making full bodied wines while proving an interesting enological versatility. [...]

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The goal of this  comparative tasting is the study of the qualities of Verdicchio by means of the evaluation of wines produced with different wine making techniques. In order to simplify the evaluation, the tasting will examine three wines produced with 100% Verdicchio and coming from the same area - Castelli di Jesi - the widest production area for this grape.[...]

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Le Marche Land of Wine

Le Marche Land of Wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Verdicchio is the plenipotentiary of the wines of this pleasant Adriatic region, whose long-time devotion to whites no longer obscures the increasing merits of its reds.

In the region of Marches, Verdicchio di Matelica, grown in limited quantities in a mountainous zone, can have more body and strength than the much better known Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Verdicchio from both DOC zones makes good sparkling wine as well, usually by the sealed tank method of fermentation, but also occasionally by the classical method in bottle.

The red wines of the Marches are based chiefly on Sangiovese and Montepulciano – sometimes blended, sometimes not.  [...]

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Falerio DOC, Avora, Vigneti Vallorani

Falerio DOC, Avora, Vigneti Vallorani | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Avora 2010, our Falerio aged for 10 months “sur lies” was awarded the Golden Star by the guide Vinibuoni d’Italia 2015, published by Touring Editore (to see the complete list of award-winning wines click here Golden Star).

Avora, produced from Pecorino, Passerina and Trebbiano grapes hand-harvested and selected and vinified separately. Then the wines age for at least 10 months “sur lies” in small stainless steel tanks  and after in bottle for at least 8 months in a temperature controlled environment. [...]

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Paolini & Stanford Winery in Le Marche

Paolini & Stanford Winery in Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Hidden in the beautiful, scenic Le Marche hills of Offida, PS winery and vineyard are making wonderful hand crafted wines giving full expression to the "terroir" of this special winemaking region...

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Pharus “Brezzolino” 2012 Falerio: Italy blending little-known grapes

Pharus “Brezzolino” 2012 Falerio: Italy blending little-known grapes | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Italian whites are overlooked, under-appreciated gems, a wealth of local grape varieties waiting to be explored. For generations, outsiders regarded Italy as red wine country. Technology has gone a long way to revolutionizing Italian whites. [...] Pharus “Brezzolino” 2012 Falerio is a semi-dry wine that leans toward the fruity, rather than the elegant. This tiny wine region, Falerio, named for an ancient city in the Picenos region, so small that it is often not represented on wine maps and just lumped in with Marche, produces fruit wines made from grapes baking in the heat of east-central Italy. With pronounced character of tropical banana and Runts candies, the wine lacks acids and finish. For those who like fruity wines without a bite, this might be one to try. $12. ★★★.

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Accadia, Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012

Accadia, Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

“Cantorí is Accadia’s top end of the verdicchio range (three wines are made at the estate), from the highest elevation and lowest yielding vines (2.5 tons/hectare). 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. Try with luxury shellfish.

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Elizabeth Kate: Pecorino wine presented to Californians

The perfect "moving" wine: Italy's Pecorino. Elizabeth Kate got a first hand look on her moving day.
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Map of Italian Wine Regions

Map of Italian Wine Regions | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Italy is like no other wine producing country on the planet as the range of grape varietals is mindboggling. This diversity of grapes and wine styles, combined with such extremely diverse micro climates and the highest percentage of architectural heritage on the planet, makes Italy utterly unique and a pleasure to visit. It is a country you go back to over and over, and for wine lovers the spectrum of new wines to explore is bewitching.[...]

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How To Taste Wine Properly (And Not Look Like An Idiot)

How to properly drink wine, no chugging and burping in this video, just proper wine tasting. ...

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Le Marche Wines in US: Verdicchio, 2012 Belisario

This wine has a bright straw-yellow with greenish reflections. Aromas are delicate and reminiscent of wild flowers and honey. Hints of acacia bloom descend on the palate in a rich and full-bodied fashion depositing flecks of fruit and finishing with fresh acidity, beautiful structure and a hint of nuttiness. Verdicchio is the classic fish wine but can easily accompany hot and cold appetizers, delicate white meat, cheeses and pasta dishes. [source]

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The only Le Marche wine sold at HARRODS | Fattoria Mancini Impero Blanc De Pinot Noir 2008

The only Le Marche wine sold at HARRODS | Fattoria Mancini Impero Blanc De Pinot Noir 2008 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This intriguing white wine made from red Pinot Noir grapes is Mancini’s flagship wine; a style that he has refined and developed over forty years of experience. Made by softly pressing whole bunches with the utmost care to minimise skin contact and colour extraction, it is barrel fermented and aged, resulting in an impressively distinctive wine that shows wood spice and bright red apple and peach aromas. Quite full-bodied and not unlike a Côte de Nuits white, it is balanced and exudes a subtle herbal freshness.

£48.95

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http://www.fattoriamancini.com/ 

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Verdicchio a treasure in many Le Marche cellars

Verdicchio a treasure in many Le Marche cellars | Wines and People | Scoop.it

During an annual visit to friends in Le Marche in Italy, tasting the region’s exceptional wines is part of the daily regimen.

The most recent stopover — in the land known as the birthplace of Robert and Peter Mondavi’s parents — included visits to both a well-known verdicchio house as well as to a young winemaker carrying on the heritage of sparkling wine for which his birthplace is renowned. [...]

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Vineyard of the Month – Fausti, Fermo, Le Marche

Vineyard of the Month – Fausti, Fermo, Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This month we feature a small, organic vineyard located in the Marche region of Italy.  Formed in 1997 with a passion for creating organic wines, Christina Fausti partnered with world-renowned winemaker Domenico d’Angelo to pioneer the development of organic viticulture. Their dream, today a reality, began with the challenge of producing a special organic blend utilizing two varietals, Montepulciano (indigenous of the March region) and Syrah (an international varietal), in a specific geographical location in the Marche region. The resulting wine was named “Vespro” and has become a signature wine of the Fausti portfolio.

Located in the town of Fermo, just 1.25 miles from the Adriatic coastline, the 25 acre Fausti estate is in the final stages of transitioning to fully organic growing practices.  [...]

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Azienda Landi SyLa, rosè wine from Syrah+Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

Azienda Landi SyLa, rosè wine  from Syrah+Lacrima di Morro d'Alba | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Syla from Azienda Landi combines two grape varieties, Syrah and Lacrima di Morro d'Alba typical from Le Marche Region. This grapes combination is giving excellent freshness, minerality and a long persistence to this rosè wine. This unic rosé wine is characterized by a fine and very elegant scent, with fruity notes, making it a perfect travel mate in the taste paths of the Marche together with light pasta dishes, starters and cold cuts. [...]

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Le Marche Wine in UK: Verdicchio di Matelica, Bisci 2012

Le Marche Wine in UK: Verdicchio di Matelica, Bisci 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Pale straw yellow with green reflections Intense white flowers green apple A quite warm palate tasty fresh quite balanced slightly bitter ending Food pairing seafood fresh cheeses Grapes 100% Verdicchio

The Verdicchio grape is grown only in the Marche region and it's a very fresh and distinctive wine. Very versatile, I enjoy it with both fish and white meat. Quite mineral and dry. Also good with cheese. Expect Verdicchio to become very popular in the next years thanks to its great quality/price ratio

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