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Belisario Terre Di Valbona Verdicchio di Matelica, Le Marche

Belisario Terre Di Valbona Verdicchio di Matelica, Le Marche | Wines and People |

Verdicchio is always a wine I buy and enjoy often when it crops up on bar menus. A friend pointed out to me the other day that most of the Verdicchio's we enjoy are from the Castelli di Jesi DOC area. The "other" verdicchio producing DOC is the far smaller and inland 'Matelica' DOC. [...]
The Terre di Valbona is a tasty little number with a fresh, almost lemony nose . The acidity is very pleasant and is perfect for this fish, soaked in garlic and oil. The fish itself is plain tasting except for my additions but has a fleshy white meat texture. Give it a go - I imagine it it is great in curries and similar dishes that have an abundance of spice and flavours.
I want to taste more of these wines. The mineral flavours are quite intense and full of vibrancy. A good food wine. I'd like to have it with monk fish next time.
A quick factoid: Belisario is a co operative producer, the biggest in Matelica. The word Belisario is also a tragic opera based on the famous 6th century General Belasarius, of the Byzantine period. So there you go… a wine with mighty intentions. The only tragedy is the difficulty in acquiring wines from this region!

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The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers and gourmets from the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a first DOCG of the Region, to the Pecorino or Passerina, rediscovered wines that recently hit the headlines. Also the Rosso Conero and Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG wines, two great reds native to the vineyards of just seven municipalities in the Le Marche province of Ancona. The Le Marche where all these wines are found have mountains and hills gently sloping down to the coast, a great terroir, essential for the growth of great wines. In 2012, Le Marche produced 920,000 hl (10.2 million cases) of wine. There are 16 DOC and 5 DOCG wines, these spread throughout the Marche region, thus confirming the high level of quality reached by this wonderful regions wine production. 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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