From Alba ? Must be from Piedmont -- Yes ? No ! It's from Le Marche ! A top everyday red from a tiny DOC. A wine you won't have heard of -- but will enjoy !
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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
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
An elegant and well-balanced dry white, with a bright golden colour and inviting floral aroma. There's plenty of ripe fruit flavour here, especially peaches, juicy apples and pears, and a fresh, dry finish.
About this bottle: Verdicchio is a popular and versatile classic Italian white wine, made in the Marche region of the country. This fine, especially ripe and fruity example has been made from 100% Verdicchio grapes, grown in a warm area between the Marche Apennines and the Adriatic Sea. This wine is unoaked and was produced for us by the wine making team at the modern Santa Barbara winery. [...]
The 1999 Bonci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, is one of the most stunning wines...
And just as in years past, the wines are ordered as I recommend serving them with your Thanksgiving meal. I put the 1999 Verdicchio at the beginning because I feel it should be served early, when palates are still fresh. It’s still youthful in its evolution but it’s also very light and nuanced. Try not to serve it too cold.
In my view, Verdicchio has all the right stuff to become the next big thing from Italian wine. It’s finally shedding off its tarnished image from the 1970s, when chemically farmed and overly sulfured Verdicchio flooded the U.S. market. This wine blew me away with its nuance and character.It’s STUNNING old white wine at a great price.
The Fontezoppa Rosso Marche is full bodied and has a nice note of black pepper. It has a dark berry flavor without being too berry-ish, which I hate. If I wanted jelly I’d drink Smuckers Wine (which I would also give a shot). We usually pair with pasta but it goes well with meat and cheeses, too, and, of course, pizza. Anything red sauce/meaty. Perhaps your mother’s meatloaf with the can of tomato paste smeared on top.
At the Tower Club Wine Awards 2015 in Singapore Ciù Ciù has received three major awards for its red wine San Carro 2013. This is yet another prestigious award. During this exclusive gala dinner, hosted at the luxurious Tower Club Singapore, wine San Carro managed to win, only one of more than 300 wines, three awards: Gold Award, The Best of the Best Award and the prestigious Top Champion Award. [...]
Lacrima di Morro D’Alba.
Lacrima is what would become if we gave a girlish, violet-nosed Cabernet Franc a gun, a Porsche, vinyl thigh-high boots and Carte Blanche to become the Persephone of obscure Italian varietals, co-existing in hemispheres of erotic suggestion and darkest fantasy. She is a contradiction and a mystery. [...]
Pergola is a DOC in the central part of the Marche that only produces red wines. The grape of the region is the somewhat obscure Aleatico, also known regionally as Pergola Rosso or Vernaccia Rosso (not Vernaccia Nera, which is another grape all together). This grape is known for effusive sweet floral aromatics and bright red fruit. It is occasionally made into a sweet dessert wine, but is even more appealing when vinified to a dry, tart, aromatic table wine. [...]
The first thing that leaps out about the nose is the plum and other dark fruits, those notes are swiftly followed with a little licorice and some smokiness. The body is medium-full with noticeable acidity and firm tannins. Tastes of bitter cherry and raspberries are prevalent on a palette which is nicely rounded with a touch of vanilla. This wine has decent balance and some white pepper spice that accentuates the long finish. Easy drinking, deliciously fruity, a wine I'd recommend for almost any situation.
This is the first wine made by Broccanera winery, based in Arcevia in Le Marche, central Italy.
Pale yellow with green shimmers. Important perfumes of grapes are expressed with yellow flowers, wisteria and a variety of complex citrus notes. Tastes of fruits, white peach and pear, softened with anise, are accompanied with a minerality that only a “terroir”, suited to white wine, expresses.
MARCHE - I vini della Corona - Vinibuoni d'Italia 2015 at the Merano Wine Festival
This is a very good producer from the Marche, which there are a lot of very average producers here. Unfortunately, this one makes good wines but they use a plastic cork in their entry level wine which is the ultimate sign of cheap wine to me.
The other wines were very good and an excellent example of what is possible in terms of quality here in the Marche. The Rosso Conero is an excellent example of Montepulciano, a grape which can be very pedestrian but when it is great, it can be ethereal like the wines of Valentini.
To find a good $100 bottle of wine easy, finding a good $20 bottle of wine is a sport.
One of our favorite systems for finding good values as well as making new discoveries is what we call the similar method. This is where you find similarities in grape varieties, terroir, winemaker, etc. and try the different products available under the premise that if one is good, the other one could or should also be.
As an example, when looking at a map of Italy you will find that Toscana covers the same latitude to the west as the Le Marche region to the east. A bit of research told us about the beautiful sites, the pristine beaches, the fact that Raphael was born in the region as well as the famous poet/philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. More of a contemporary and in some circles better known, Cesare Mondavi was originally from the area and lived there until coming to the United States where he became one of the best-known wine makers in the world.
These facts made it interesting, but what really caught our eyes was when someone called Le Marche the “New Tuscany” claiming that it had many similarities with its neighbor to the west. Since the terrain and climate were similar, we figured the wines had to be similar.[...]
Here a selection of Le Marche wines available on the UK Market through the internet site of Vini Italiani - 72 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3LQ.
Just uncork one of these wines from Le Marche and taste the difference
Gambero Rosso co-founder Daniele Cernilli has just published a new guide to the best wines in Italy, in direct competition to his former publication. The Guida Essenziale ai Vini d'Italia 2015, however, focuses on wineries rather than just wines.
Cernilli told Wine-Searcher the wineries were assessed according to their "weight and image, their importance in the area – whether they are iconic or commercial", and given a star rating according to their "historical reliability and prestige". [...]
Cernilli stressed that this was not simply a guide to the biggest or most renowned wineries. His system, he said, allowed for the inclusion of the smallest producers, like the 7500-bottle Oasi degli Angeli in Marche...
Verdicchio is known as one of Italy’s greatest white grapes, and its wine has character, depth and versatility. Dedicated to just this one grape, Satarelli makes a Classico Verdicchio and two Classico Superiore, Tralivio and Balciana, all deriving from high altitude Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC.
Specially selected grapes from the winemaker’s oldest vineyards become a traditionally made wine. The fruit is harvested in small crates, then pressed softly, followed by temperature-controlled fermentation, which results in a wine that is lively, vibrant in color, crisp, and full bodied. Last night proved that this Satarelli is a great wine to start a festive evening of food and drink. With the coming season approaching, I think I found my go-to white wine for the holidays.[...]
The passionate team at Terra di San Ginesio own and operate about 15 hectares of vineyard in Le Marche and are reknowned for producing fantastic San Ginesio Rosso DOC, San Ginesio Spumante Dolce DOC, Rosso Piceno DOC and one of Italy's best artisan-made traditional SAPA (Cooked Grape Must).
The production of Terra di San Ginesio's artisan made SAPA happens in a small village (called Ripe San Gineso) at the entrance of the Park of the Sibillini Mountains, between the archaeological remains of the ancient Roman city of Urbs Salvia (Urbisaglia today) and the well preserved medieval town of San Ginesio.
San Ginesio is a captivating and beautiful place full of art, history, culture, amazing landscapes and as you’d imagine traditional artisan made Italian food. [...]
I am frequently asked from where in the world are the best wine values coming. Invariably, my response includes the Italian region of Marche, and this wine is a perfect example of why. Unoaked and fresh with notes of citrus, mineral, tropical fruit and hazelnuts with a lovely texture and refreshing acidity on the lifted finish. The winery’s vineyards are organicly farmed, but according to owner Quinto Fausti, they do not have certification because they don’t need a piece of paper to validate their beliefs. A great match with seafood and poultry. Killer value!
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This is dry and vibrant with lots of zesty citrus and lemon.
It's got refreshing acidity which will match really nicely with the acidity in the tomato base to bring out their sweetness.
The Verdicchio grape is naturally high in acidity and has a nuttiness to it, it also hits the mark with the creaminess of the cheese.
Abutting the coast and the San Bartolo National Park, just to the east of the break in the Appenines where Romagna meets the Marche is Boncio – an area of gently rolling hillsides and sheltered slopes notable for its charming, undulating character. Its rich soil deposits date from two and a half thousand million years ago when limestone clay surfaced from the seabed and a lime-rich ochre clay topsoil of Pleiocene shell residues some 80 cm deep formed above a blue clay subsoil, product of the ancient seabed. These soil types proved highly suitable for growing vines, Boncio thus shares a similar geological history with other important wine- growing areas such as the marls of Burgundy.
The arrival and serious cultivation of the Pinot Nero grape variety in this area dates from Napoleonic times.
Pinot nero is a fascinating but demanding vine to grow. Sensitive to extremes of heat and over-fertile ground, only when fully integrated in its environment does it yield its delicate aroma and special acidity. The fact that it thrives so well in this area can only be due to the excellent lime- rich clay soil and natural micro-climate tempered by sea breezes and their moderating influence on the temperature range. [...]
Maria Pia Castelli's rosé is tinged with coral, made by drawing off the best Montepulciano and Sangiovese musts from grapes harvested in crates and with a minimal yield per acre.
‘Saigné’ regime. fermented on the skin during 20-25 days. Malolactic fermentation in barriques.
A rosé tinged with coral, made by drawing off the best Montepulciano and Sangiovese musts from grapes harvested in crates and with a minimal yield per acre.
Aroma’s: The crisp, clean nose is unassuming and pleasing, suggesting red berries against a delicate floral backdrop. A pleasant drink that immediately releases its full flavour potential.
Taste: Red berries and floral backdrop.
Foodpairing: A wine for a delicate palate, to be served chilled to 8-10°C, preferably to accompany Italian salamis, ripe cheeses and anchovies, sardines and mackerel.
The story of pecorino, in its most recent chapters, is intimately intertwined with that of Guido Cocci Grifoni, the founder of the Tenuta Cocci Grifoni who passed away in july 2010. Passion for wine growing and devotion to the land always marked his life reserved and taciturn, he preferred letting his deeds and concrete achievements show what he knew and wanted to pass on.
Those acquainted with him knew Guido Cocci Grifoni as a curious and far-sighted man, but he was also able to draw from his profound experience. His widow Diana and his daughters Marilena and Paola (an all women second generation) are building upon his achievements by keeping alive his spirit and values. [...]
From 15 to 18, Chef Recanati will be creating an a la carte menu of his signature modern Italian cuisine, although the highlight of his visit is a five course gourmet Velenosi Wine Dinner on Friday 17 October. Guests can expect dishes such as hare potato gnocchi, sage butter sauce, and blueberry accompanied by Velenosi Roggio del Filare Rosso Piceno DOC Superiore and lamb chop with artichokes and saffron sauce paired with Velenosi Ludi Offida DOC Rosso. [...]