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Moroder, Le Marche | Tastemakers: A thirst for quality wine

Moroder, Le Marche | Tastemakers: A thirst for quality wine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

[...] Carl Hagstrand said the experience was fantastic. “We spent time at these family wineries and talked to the people who make the wine; we ate dinner with the families.” One of his favorite stops was at the Alessandro Moroder winery in Mount Conero National Park overlooking the Adriatic Sea. “My favorite memories,” Hagstrand said, “are eating many courses of the most amazing seafood at the local ristorante and going truffle hunting with Argo the dog.”

It’s those kind of wineries that excite Hagstrand. “These wines have a sense of place, of history, of authenticity,” he said. “Most of them also come from places that are sustainable, biodynamic or organic. And everything is family-owned. You’d be surprised how many things you can add to wine and still have it approved by the FDA. These wines are just grapes, yeast and oxygen. [...]

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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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In the Land of the Napa Valley's founders | A turning point in Le Marche

In the Land of the Napa Valley's founders | A turning point in Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Tenute Priori e Galdelli, during an upcoming visit to Italy’s Le Marche region, some two-and-a-half hours northeast of Rome. This is the region where the parents of Robert and Peter Mondavi were born and that connection had prompted the newlyweds to stop off in Oakville to see first hand what the son of a Marchigiani had accomplished.
With 15 hectares of vines, Andrea, his brother, Giancarlo, and parents produce an average of 15,000 bottles of wine each harvest. More than half of the production is verdicchio — including a passito and a spumante.
The largest production is Sette Campanile verdicchio, a tasty offering of the treasured grape from this region with a lot of bang for the buck. It retails for 3 euros. The family’s verdicchio superiore, Castrum Rosorij — named for the ancient town that dates to ancient Roman times — has all the qualities we expect to find in a great verdicchio, with a touch of mineral complementing the bitter almond finish.
Diaspra is the family’s Marche Rosso, 100 percent Montepulciano, a wine with deep violet color, dry tannins and a rich, round mouthfeel. [...]

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Itinerary through Marche: a journey in taste between the Apennines and the Adriatic

Itinerary through Marche: a journey in taste between the Apennines and the Adriatic | Wines and People | Scoop.it
  • Organic products and meat in Mercatello sul Metauro

The country cuisine of the inland happily meets the smells of the sea in typical dishes such as fish soup. We find these aromatic notes in the cuisine of Organic Farmhouse Il Casale del Barone, along with homemade pasta, such as tagliatelle, ravioli, passatelli, Sompiano potatoes, as well as local cheese and wines such as vin santo; meat is the real highlight of the restaurant.

  • Fine wines and homemade specialties in Urbino [...]
  • Natural stay in Cingoli, the Balcony of Marche [...]
  • Romantic stay among olive trees and vineyards in Recanati [...]
  • Wellness, ecological design and high-class cuisine in Loro Piceno [...]

Article published by Sapori d’Italia no. 42, 2014

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How to Hold a Wine Glass Civilized

How to Hold a Wine Glass Civilized | Wines and People | Scoop.it
The truth is you can hold a wine glass any way you like however, some social situations can't be taken lightly. See how to hold a wine glass like a true connoisseur.
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Three delicious Le Marche local dishes and their wine pairing

Three delicious Le Marche local dishes and their wine pairing | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Unlike the more popular neighbouring regions of Umbria and Tuscany, Le Marche remains much less well-known and tourist free. Comprising of both mountains and the sea, Le Marche is home to a varied cuisine that is as distinct as it is delicious.
Take a look at three delicious Le Marche local dishes.

  • Crema Fritta and Vernaccia
  • Ciauscolo and Vino Cotto
  • Brodetto all’Anconetana and Verdicchio
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Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC Tralivio 2010 - Sartarelli

This wine is produced from very carefully selected grapes in our oldest vineyards where the grapes are thinned out to reduce the production to 8-9 tons per hectare.
Harvested in small crates, the soft pressing and the temperature controls during fermentation mean that the grapes are cared for in the old traditional way.
Lively and vibrant in colour, with a high alcoholic content, it has strength and character.
It has a light and inviting fragrance with a harmoniously balanced taste which is both full-flavoured and sweet-aromatic. It's a wine in evolution.
The yearly production of this selected wine is about 90.000 bottles.

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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.[...]

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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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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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The Marches, Italy | Best wine routes

The Marches, Italy | Best wine routes | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The Marches (Marche) has a beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, hills and rivers. The capital is Ancona and has a port through which the city also has much importance. You will find no great historical treasures or exclusive restaurants.
Grape varieties
The most common white grape varieties are Verdicchio, Trebbiano, Malvasia and some local varieties. Genakat Wines of the Verdicchio are fresh and crisp, but with a lot of character. The production ratio of red vs white is 50/50. For red wines the grape Montepulciano, Sangiovese and also some local grape varieties are being used.

DOCG and DOC's
• DOCG Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, the Vernaccia which is used in this wine is the Vernaccia nera (a blue grape). The 'ordinary' Vernaccia is in fact a white grape. The Serrapetrona is a red sparkling wine with a smooth bubbly foam. There is both a sweet and a dry version.

• Conero DOCG, the Monte Conero is located near the city of Ancona. The vineyards are mainly planted with Montepulciano. It is a slate soil. Good red wines with a pleasant spicy scent and taste are being produced at this place.
• DOC Rosso Conero, on the same mountain as the DOCG but gives a lighter variant of the red wine. Again, the main Montepulciano grape is the most important grape variety here.
• Rosso Piceno DOC, the DOC is the most important for the red wine. It is a solid, full, dry wine. [...]

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The Independent Wine Review: Paolini e Stanford

The Independent Wine Review: Paolini e Stanford | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Paolini e Stanford is a young winery located between Grottammare and Ascoli Piceno in the region of Marche. Founded by Dwight Stanford and Raffaele Paolini in 2008 (with 35,000 vines being planted in the same year), today the winery has around 6 hectares of vineyards planted with a mix of indigenous and international grape varieties.

One of the first wineries to bring French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to Marche, Italian clones of Syrah, Montepulciano and Pecorino are also grown. All of the vines are dry farmed and the winery team also only use organic practises.
Extensive green harvesting is undertaken to ensure that substantial flavoural concentration is achieved in the Paolini e Stanford wines, despite the relatively young age of the vineyards and all maturation is undertaken in French oak. [...]
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Many people consider Paolini e Stanford a winery with a great potential for the future. Read this article that demonstrates how the young wines, the great scores for debut releases, the “international” in flavour profile, constitute the base for the winery to become a protagonist in Italy

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How to Pour Wine Without Dripping

How to Pour Wine Without Dripping | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Learn how to pour wine perfectly with some wine serving survival tips. Guide includes pictures and a video. Practice these with an empty bottle of wine to get confident.
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Learn how to pour wine perfectly with some wine serving survival tips. Guide includes pictures and a video. Practice these with an empty bottle of wine to get confident.

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Wine Review - 2013 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Exclamation Point: Crisp White For Hot Weather

Wine Review - 2013 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Exclamation Point: Crisp White For Hot Weather | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This wine has a straw colour to it and has relatively slow legs in the glass.  That said, it is a very clear wine and looks like it should be a crisp wine when you hold it up to the light.  

The nose is strong with apples and quince with a subtle citrus peel undercurrent. The apple and quince notes are fantastic which give it a New World smell.

The structure of the wine is somewhat thin and guess what, tart/crisp.  It does not start sweet but has a hint of sugar on the mid-palate with more of that quince flavour.  On top of that, layer in honey with a little flint and you have a pretty solid wine.[...

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Colli Pesaresi, Orcio, Terra Cruda

Colli Pesaresi, Orcio, Terra Cruda | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Terracruda Orcio Colli Pesaresi: This vibrant ruby wine was made of 100% Sangiovese grapes and was also grown in the Fratterosa Pesaro e Urbino region of Le Marche. On the nose this wine delivered aromas of spice and floral scents, followed by an earthiness with a touch of leather. On the palate this lovely Sangiovese tasted of soft cherries, fresh strawberries, with soft baking spices, and a lingering minerality. It was light to medium body, with a lovely dryness, light tannins and well balanced acidity. The alcohol percentage was 13.3% so it was a lovely addition to food without overpower a meal. I paired it with traditional spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, fresh basil, meatballs and grated parmesan cheese as well as sausage, mozzarella and roasted red pepper pizza. This lovely Italian wine was a delightful pairing to these two Italian dishes

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Fontezoppa Serrapetrona Vernaccia Nera “Campignano” 2009

Fontezoppa Serrapetrona Vernaccia Nera “Campignano” 2009 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Vernaccia Nera possesses a fairly large slice of the exhuberant fruitiness that bigger versions grown in hotter zones do, but with quite a bit less alcohol than these more corpulent examples, which for me makes Vernaccia Nera a great partner for a really good pizza…with fresh mozzarella and onions…and so my wife Jen made the call…

Fontezoppa Serrapetrona Vernaccia Nera “Campignano” 2009

True, deep garnet color. Rustically elegant nose of cherry, burnt orange peel, black raspberry, freeze dried coffee, roasted nuts, sea spray, celery seed and licorice. The palate has a charmingly austere medium body with a smooth, peppery tannic structure and a tart acidity, that perfectly frames earthy flavors of strawberry preserves, dried cranberries, blackberry, new leather, and hibiscus. Long, very complex finish. [...]

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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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