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Passerina the perfumed white wine of Le Marche

Passerina the perfumed white wine of Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Le Marche, a Region in central Italy, makes incredible wines that from some years are conquering National and International Appreciation and Recognition. One of the most known wines of Le Marche is the Passerina, a white wine mainly produced in the Ascoli Piceno province in the south of the Marche region.


Translated the noun “Passerina” in Italian means “little sparrow”,  a tiny, hardy, lively bird, with a nimble grace that allows it to make a place for itself in the world.

The passerina grape variety has ancient tradition of cultivation in Southern Le Marche that represent the Passerina's Heartland and a fair number of patches and pockets of the vine grow in vineyards scattered around northeastern Lazio, and northern Abruzzo as well.

Actually the Passerina, in Southern Le Marche, it has been always used as component of the DOC Wine, Falerio Dei Colli Ascolani, in 10 - 30% together with Trebbiano and only from 10 - 15 years, thanks to the vinification progress has been understood the great potential of a withe wine with Passerina in purity.

Passerina grapes, once called "pagadebito" (pay-debt) are relatively small but produce wines with high levels of perfumes, acidity and sugars which give a very clear, balanced wine, perfect for serving with fish dishes and poultry.

Aged only in steel tanks, this has very good acidity and offers a great deal of character for its moderate pricing


The wine is characteristically dry with aromas of flowers, wild herbs, almonds, dried pear, orange blossom and biscuit, this has lovely texture and a rich finish with a note of honey.

Increasingly popular with wine lovers both in Italy and the UK where you can try it at Osteria dell'Arancio or Rosso di Sera Restaurants in London.

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Swept Away to Ascoli Piceno: Wine Tasting, Seafood & Grottammare Coast!

Swept Away to Ascoli Piceno: Wine Tasting, Seafood & Grottammare Coast! | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Last night we had our last “field” trip as an entire group of UNH students and it definitely was a bittersweet moment. As a group we took a trip to Grottammare where we got to experience an authentic wine tasting at an actual Italian Vineyard. We took a tour of a vineyard called Le Caniette and got to see and learn about how they make all their different types of wine and where they store it. The man who owned the vineyard was very passionate about how he makes his wine and his philosophy is that the quality of the wine is based upon how the grapes are not grown and the time spent tending to their health rather than the time spent in the lab fermenting the grapes and adding flavor. The trademark wine of the vineyard is called Mellone, which is a red wine specifically from this region of Italy. [...]

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Verdicchio Can Age. #truth

Verdicchio Can Age. #truth | Wines and People | Scoop.it

For example, this Verdicchio di Matelica from classic producer, Bisci, is gorgeous with 10 years of bottle age.  The steeliness of youth found in some Verdicchio di Matelica wines is fleshed out by  the long, slow, micro-oxidation of the wine through its cork.  A wine that might have been overtly bright and cheerful in its youth become more brooding- complex, aromatic, and oilier on the palate.

For the record the pairing of this Verdicchio with savory, slow-grilled peaches and yogurt with basil and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar was just about the most perfect food-and-wine pairing I can remember.[...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Verdicchio Can. Not every Italian white wine can age.  However you will find greatness  more often than not, especially with the combination of the right grape varietal, vinified by an experienced producer. 

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Ciu Ciu Oris Falerio: Trebbiano, Passerina, Pecorino

Ciu Ciu Oris Falerio: Trebbiano, Passerina, Pecorino | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Very attractive nose, luscious front palate with lots of white summer fruits, crisp acidity on the finish with a lovely freshness. 

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!

Now, his sons Walter and Massimiliano continue their father's work, keeping at the core of their philosophy quality and respect for the land. This regard for tradition explains the lovely range of local, indigenous grape varieties grown here, a pure joy in a world awash with predictable medioctity.

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Cambrugiano, Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOCG, Le Marche, Italy

Cambrugiano, Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOCG, Le Marche, Italy | Wines and People | Scoop.it

It is the wine with which Belisario has experienced the greatest emotions. It was the first Verdicchio in the “Riserva” category. Produced since 1988, and obtained solely from Verdicchio grapes vinified by low-temperature maceration. It is left to mature in steel and in toasted oak barrels for at least a year and it ages for one more year in bottle. The complexity of the production reflects on the complexity of its organoleptic properties: the hills of the Marche region, the Mediterranean sun, floral aromas, vanilla, great texture, zesty, luscious and balanced. An ideal complement for elaborate seafood dishes, white meats, semi-aged cheeses, strong main courses served at temperatures of around 15°C. Also available as Magnum and Jeroboam.

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Sentieri Ebraici - Authentic Kosher Wine made in Le Marche

Sentieri Ebraici - Authentic Kosher Wine made in Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This wine is 100% Sangiovese, a varietal indigenous to Le Marche. Imbued with a rich aroma, deep ruby in color, the wine has a full palate of plum and dried fruits.

Named in honor of Rabbi Del Vecchio of Urbino, the wine exemplifies the scholarly preparation and pious attention to detail for which Rabbi Del Vecchio was known.

Estate grown and bottled in Montefano (MC) / Italia

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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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Verdicchio equally perfect for highbrow and lowbrow

Verdicchio equally perfect for highbrow and lowbrow | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Soured on Sauvignon? Miffed at Moscato? Maybe that’s God’s way of telling you to try something different. Seriously, how much Pinot Grigio can one woman drink? The world is wide and it would be a pity to die without having tasted more of it, n’est pas? Verdicchio is a grape indigenous (probably — in genetic history certainty is rare) of the Marche region of Italy, a coastal province that once was an agricultural province a bit northeast of Rome. Near as anyone can tell, it is yet another descendent of the Greco varietals imported from Greece eons ago. It shares a common genealogy with the Trebbiano grape, a wine largely ignored by Those of Us Who Know, darling. [...]

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A Flow Chart to Selecting Italian Red Wines

A Flow Chart to Selecting Italian Red Wines | Wines and People | Scoop.it

A simple flow chart outlines nearly 50 different Italian red wines by taste. Find what Italian red to try next in a useful and relatable way. [...]

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Il Casolare - Fattoria San Lorenzo, Marche

Il Casolare - Fattoria San Lorenzo, Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

An Organic Montepulciano (actually Rosso Piceno) and Sangiovese blend, we found it fruity, mellow and dry, with a nice finish. 
Made by Natalino Crognaletti of the Fattoria San Lorenzo in Montecarotto, Marche. San Lorenzo was awarded the Chiocciola (Snail) in 2011, the Slow Wine Guide’s highest accolade.
This ‘ Rosso ‘ of the Montepulciano grape is in fact a classified Rosso Piceno. He comes under the lower IGT-status on the market to keep the costs as low as possible. [...]


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Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Passito 2008

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Passito 2008 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Passito 2008 - The Verdicchio grapes affected by botritis cinere are harvested the first week of November. Brought to the winery, undergo a process of soft pressing and the obtained must is fermented in stainless steel tanks for a total of 24 months. Subsequently bottled, is further refined in bottle for approximately 6 months. 

  • Description: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Passito D.O.C.
  • Vineyard: Ripalta di Arcevia (AN)
  • Grapes: Verdicchio 100%
  • Colour: Golden yellow with amber shades.
  • Aroma: Intense bouquet, with citrus, musky, candied fruits, and dried fruits sensations.
  • Taste: Sweet, soft, full, well balanced with aromatic persistence and long aftertaste, harmonic. Recurrence of honey and chamomile in after-aroma
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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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