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Wines and People
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio 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.
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
Whites take center stage in this region of Italy
... Cesare Mondavi, who founded one of the greatest wineries in the world in California, left Marche some hundred years ago. Change came slowly, though without destroyng the essential beauty of the Marche hinterland and during the summer sun-lovers from northern Europe take up most of the coast. However, as is the case with all 20 Italian regions, Marche now produces plenty of interesting wines, and these too have been gaining a reputation as more than just a simple crisp drop to go with the fish dishes that abound here. Most famous of all are its white Verdicchio wines, especially from the Castelli di Jesi and Matelica inland from Ancona.... Newer production methods of lighter cropping and later harvesting give the wine a greater fruitiness. Other whites worth noting are two very newly rediscovered varieties Pecorino (nothing to do with cheese) and Passerina.
Red plays very much second fiddle in this part of the world, though of course there are some notable exceptions, notably the Rosso Conero, taking its name from the lofty Monte Conero massif loomimg over the city of Ancona, and Rosso Piceno [...]
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Wow… go off the beaten path in Italy and see what you find??! No Pinot Grigios or Sangioveses here. Great, show-stopping wines at reasonable prices.
An Evening of Marche Wine & Food presented with the Winemaker Dwight Stanford, February 17, 2014, 7 PM at the Jasper's Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri.
Chef Jasper Mirabile & Dwight Stanford will organize a unique Le Marche Wine & Food event.
Jasper will be preparing the cuisine of Le Marche & Winemaker Dwight Stanford will be showcasing his handcrafted wines.
PS winery started from a dream and philosophy to make the best wines using sustainable and organic farming practices with minimal intervention in the possible winery. The Winery uses great care in every phase of our work; from pruning in the winter to leaf removal in the spring and summer to allow perfect sunlight exposure to the grapes for optimal ripening. Hand harvesting of only perfect grape clusters follows as well as clean winemaking techniques and judicious use of french oak to finish and refine wines. Many of the wines are also unfined, unfiltered and hand bottled and fully represent natural wine making at its best. Dwight is also the owner of Nascondiglio di Bacco, a Bed & Breakfast situated in the vineyard in the soussroundings of the beautiful town of Offida located in southern Le Marche, on the 43 parallel in Central Italy.
This is the Menu Le Marche, Chef Jasper will prepare to carry you, through the flavors, in one of the most beautiful and unknown regions of Italy:
Vino: PS Pecorino 2012
Zuppa del Giorno
Pasta Le Marche
Pesce del Giorno
Vino: PS Thalia 2011
Secondo Le Marche
Vino: PS Confusion 2010
Vino: PS Passito.
$45.00 (tax & gratuity not included)
Jasper's Ristorante 1201 W. 103rd. St. KCMO 64114
There’s nothing new about drinking wine from Italy, but there’s still plenty to explore and learn about this leading wine-producing nation.
Italy’s wine tradition goes back millennia, pre-dating the Roman Empire to the early Greek colonies and the Etruscans.
Wine production flourished during the Roman era and was spread to other parts of the Empire, notably the regions which became France and Spain in our times.
As one of the natal areas for the development of wine production in western Europe, Italy is naturally home to nearly a thousand grape varieties suitable for making wine. We know most of the widely available ones such as Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, and Barbera.
There are perhaps a few dozen that we see regularly on local shelves.
Other varieties are far less common, even in their own country. Some, such as Pecorino, have recently been rescued from obscurity and extinction.
Such varieties, even though they may possess quality characteristics, have fallen by the wayside due to the whims of the market, and the forces of disease, war, and political disruption.
In the case of Pecorino, a single vine was discovered in an abandoned vineyard in Ascoli Piceno province in the 1980s. Although the grape had been well known for centuries, it probably fell out of favour due to its naturally low yields. The grape does offer, however, a complex and interesting aromatic profile that has given it new life in today’s market.
I have enjoyed an aged Pecorino wine that reminded me of old white Graves.
TOLENTINO, Italy—Rising amidst the gorgeous landscape of the Macerata hills, is the gorgeous 16th century building that is the centerpiece of the estate of Il Pollenza winery, producers of exquisite and elegant wines in Italy’s Marche region.
A brief note on the Marche. This is one of the great undiscovered (to those of us here in the US) wine producing regions of Italy. It is ideally situated between the mountains on the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east, which accounts for its exceptional growing conditions for all types of grapes, from the indigenous (and ubiquitous) Trebbiano and Verdicchio grapes to many international varietals. Besides producing spectacular, fruit forward still wines, the region is also becoming known for its delightful sparkling DOCG sparkling wine, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona.
Chief among the reds are the Sangiovese-Montepulciano blends. Other widely planted white grapes include Pinot Bianco, Malvasia Toscana, Pecorino and Bianchello. There’s no end to the blending possibilities and to the exceptional wines from the Marche, one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. [...]
How do winemakers make wine taste better? Understand these 6 wine making processes in order to understand how they affect the flavor of wine.
January always means starting fresh as well as remembering what came before. So it’s time for my annual look at the best Italian wines of 2013, but instead of offering a complete list (that will be printed in the Spring issue of my Guide to Italian Wines, available to paid subscribers), I’m going to take a different approach and focus on just a few wine zones that were home to some pretty special wines, offerings that don’t get a lot of attention.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi - Speaking of grapes that are largely ignored, Verdicchio is at or near the top of this list. Here is a grape grown in Marche that has uncommon complexity and can age – given the proper care at any particular cellar in the best vintages – for 7-10 years and even longer in some cases (I tried a 1991 Verdicchio from the excellent cooperative producer Colonnara a few months ago that was superb and still quite fresh). So why don’t you hear about this wine more often? Simply put, the major wine publications focus on red wines, especially in Italy, so Verdicchio is priority number 35 (or is it number 36?) for their editors.
The best new releases of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi I tasted were the
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Three white wines from Marche and Abruzzo that are so good, they won't last long
Buying wine on the internet saves time and money – plus, there are bargains and discoveries that never reach the shops. Especially Le Marche wines are not so available in abroad stores and people have no time to search for them.
Buying wine online is quick, you don't have to carry it all to the car, or home on the bus afterwards. You can do it in the middle of the night, from the train, the office, when the normal shops are closed.
Buying wines online have some special convenience, people can save 3 or 4 euros (or pounds) for a wine of 10 euros in comparison with only 1 euro saved at their local convenience store.
The real thrill of online wine shopping is the chance to escape the big store chains or the big online merchands. It's all about getting in touch with people who've made them for you, buying the wine you want when you want and having it delivered all with sublime ease.
One online micro-trend gathering momentum is for producers to sell direct to customers. The opportunity to buy online wines from Le Marche is expanding but for the moment we can only suggest these web sites:
Stores and prices for 'Oasi degli Angeli Kurni Rosso Marche IGT, Italy'. Find who stocks this wine, and at what price.
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The wine-searcher site is a great way to discover the correct price of a wine around the world comparing the different prices available in the market.
In this example is analyzed one of the best wine of Le Marche.
From €52,43 euros in Switzerland for the 2011 selection to the €1762,30 euro for the 2010 edition in Balthazar format (12lt.)
The truth about oxygen and wine. New research has shown a 'sweet spot' for wine drinkers when it comes to aging wine in the bottle.
There is an obvious ‘sweet spot’ to the preferred level of oxygen in a bottle of wine when you drink it. Tasters prefer wines with no more than 6 ppm of oxygen (and usually less) in the bottle.
The wines at this level tasted better than other samples with too much or too little oxidation.
Wines that had too little oxygen (reductive) tasted ‘foxy’, as in licking a dog. Over-oxidized had more cooked fruit flavors, were flat and lacked complexity.
The differences were more obvious (even to a novice) in white wine than in red wine. [...]
Velenosi’s Lacrima has been described as a bouquet of violet flowers I love the florals of this wine paired with soft tannins.
The wine’s peculiarity doesn’t end with it’s characteristics. The wackiest part is that not many people know about this wine. I even presented it to one of my very knowledgeable wine buyers and they did not believe me that Lacrima was the varietal (the grape). This is mostly because Lacrima is exclusively produced in an area of Italy called Morro d’Alba and not all producers export their wine. There is not much marketing or promotion of this wine and you will not see it on most shelves. Morro d’Alba is located in Le Marche, a region on Italy’s central eastern coast. So this is one of Le Marche’s hidden gems and Velenosi Vini is a producer dedicated to sharing the region’s treasures with us in the States.[...]
This wine was made from organically grown Verdicchio grapes, where the vines struggle for nutrients and water on slopes with a 20-30 degree incline, facing Northeastern/northwestern sun exposure.
Vinified and aged in temperature-controlled tanks maturing in stainless steel tank until the wine is almost fully dry. 3 months ageing in bottle before release.
Tasting notes: Brilliant, bright yellow. Complex nose of mineral, apple, bosc pear, oyster shell, honey, almond skin, cabbage (seems like some botrytis but apparently none in this vintage). Palate is a touch off-dry, medium bodied, balanced despite the high acid and high alcohol. Incredible texture with white peaches, ripe pear and a long, mineral finish. Read the Review
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The first wine was a Verdicchio 2012 from Colle Stefano, from the Marche region of Italy. A minerally, citrussy white wine that worked really well with my starter of warm artichoke mousse, with truffled mushroom fritter, artichoke puree and wild mushroom dressing.
2009 Fontezoppa Rosso Marche Review: 4 out of 5 wine glasses for the money ($10-$15) 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. [...]
Native to the province of Ancona (in the region of Marche, Central Italy) the Lacrima grape (which is the only grape variety present in this Conti di Buscareto “Rosé Brut” Spumante) is currently only planted over around 100 hectares of land and is cultivated by less than 20 commercial producers. Here, the Lacrima grapes were gently pressed before the Charmat Method of sparkling wine production was used to make this Spumante style Conti di Buscareto “Rosé Brut”.
Grapes: 55% Montepulciano and 45% Sangiovese
Aging: 14-16 months in Slavonian Oak Barrels
Winemaker: Paola Cocci Grifoni
Case Config: 12x750mL
Taste this wine at the next IVSA New Product Salon!
Vancouver - Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Victoria - Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
This Verdicchio di Matelica is made of grapes grown on vineyards that have a Jurassic period raised sea bed, near salt water springs called "le salse" (from "sale" which means salt). The raised and unique North-South mountain valley blocks off tempering coastal winds to cause extreme diurnal temperature differences resulting in this racy, mineral driven wine. Notes of tangerine and green apple. $15.99
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