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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.
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Rich, Rustic and Very Italian - Malacari Rosso Conero 2008

Rich, Rustic and Very Italian - Malacari Rosso Conero 2008 | Wines and People |

[...] Rosso Conero is the DOC in this case, where Montepulciano must make up at least 85% of the bottling and Malacari is the producer of this 100% Montepulciano cuvee. Fermented in stainless steel but aged in oak for 12 months prior to an unfiltered bottling, this lovely wine strikes a wonderful balance between fruit and subtle wood flavors.

Dark purple in color, you're greeted with typical smokey cherry and plum aromas with complicating notes of oak spice, coffee and minerals. In the mouth it's rustic but hearty, with large scaled dark fruit flavors and a long spicy, moderately tannic finish. Try this everyday winner with a beef or lamb stew, or a bolognese pasta.

Imported by one of my favorites, Polaner Selections, this quaffer set me back a middling $14.99. 

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19 North Moger Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Phone: (914) 244-0404
Fax: (914) 244-0505
Douglas Polaner
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5 Wines from Le Marche, The east coast of Italy

5 Wines from Le Marche, The east coast of Italy | Wines and People |

Marche is a hilly wine growing region on the Adriatic Coast of central Italy, a rural area that has retained its own wine making traditions and local grape varietals. The combination of the ocean air and the soil of the region gives the grapes a unique character all their own. Saturday we’ll be exploring the region, trying some of the local delectables from such grapes as Verdicchio, Bianchello, Aleatico and Lacrima di Moro, as well as a unique and delicious local cherry wine.   

  • 2009 Colonnara, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico $11

100% Verdicchio 
Colonnara practices sustainable agriculture respecting the natural habitat. Their Verdicchio has hints of green apple, grapefruit, kiwi and elegantly floral notes of acacia and mimosa. It is full-bodied with good balance and a lingering aftertaste of fruit and fresh almond.

  • 2010 Terracruda, Boccalino Bianchello $14

Terracruda, literally “raw earth” is located in the small village of Fratte Rosa. Their vineyards are in the process of being certified organic. The Bianchello has notes of fresh fruit and spring elderflowers described as “the typical flavor of the Pesaro area.”

  • 2010 Terracruda Vettina Pergola Rosso $14 

Vernaccia di Pergola (Aleatico) 
The Pergola Rosso is predominantly made from a native clone of Aleatico, which is an aboriginal biotype of Pergola. The grape provides this wine with an aromatic complexity both to its taste and to its complexity. “Vettina communicates, through a sensation of youth and aroma, the maximum expression of the territory. Ideal for moment of relax and carefreeness.”

  • 2009 Marotti Campi, Orgiolo, Lacrima di Moro $24

Morro d’Alba is a village with only 150 acres of the grape. Here the local grape Lacrima thrives. It has strong aromas of rose and violets along with notes of raspberry, pink pepper and oriental spices. It is nicely fruity and spicy on the palate, with smooth tannins, long velvety finish. The Orgiolo is the wineries Reserva being aged for 12 months in small second or third use French oak barrels.

  •  2009 Terracruda, Visciolata $21 

500ml Aleatico, Sangiovese and wild cherries
This distinct and tasty dessert wine is made from the local red wine is blended with wild cherries the following July. It’s very aromatic, full of mixed fruits and just plain delicious.

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Le Marche: Land of Verdicchio

Le Marche: Land of Verdicchio | Wines and People |

Nowadays is a universally recognized excellence. Our land, our hills are the land of Verdicchio. Vineyards are reclined in a distance look like work of artist. Up to fifty / sixty years ago the landscape was dominated by vineyards married with maple trees, then the vineyards have been replaced characterizing our territory, hills and valleys above dell'Esino and Misa, extending towards the Musone in the south and the  Cesano in the north, in the heart of Le Marche region. Verdicchio especially in the last century and a half, since the wisdom of our farmers have discovered that this same vine could produce a unique wine despite the geomorphological and chemical characteristics of the soil. Ten varieties of white grapes and red grapes  were counted by the Ampelographic Commission in the Province of Ancona in 1871 and the production of red wines at the end of the nineteenth century exceeded white wines, thanks to widespread use of the Sangiovese grape. However, the "Verdicchio between the white could not be dethroned," acquiring, from decade to decade, the role of protagonist who was recognized in the late nineteenth century and the third decade of the twentieth century, especially in the taverns of Rome where it had served and spread by traders originating in Staffolo, Cupramontana and Maiolati. From the capital to other cities in Italy, Ancona, Milan and Turin, Verdicchio emerged as one of the most prestigious white wines up to the goals of excellence that today enjoys among connoisseurs and consumers.  A land make the Verdicchio, expressesing with its history and its traditions and its thickness of life

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"Il Priore" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc Classico Superiore

"Il Priore" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc Classico Superiore | Wines and People |

It 'Verdicchio "cru" as defined as the particular process starts from the vineyard site in a wonderful location, where it is carried out selecting the best grapes that are pressed with a soft squeezeallowing the wine to keep all theoriginal organoleptic characteristics.
Given the limited production, all the bottles are numerate.La yield per hectare is 70 quintals
Perfect match with meat and alcohol pesce.Grado 13.5.
Winner of the "Three glasses Gambero Rosso Slow Food 2008"

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Six Great Wines for Winter Seafood

Six Great Wines for Winter Seafood | Wines and People |

Winter is here, which means that great local seafood is back on the table. Succulent Dungeness crab steamed with garlic butter, Hog Island Kumamoto Oysters on the half-shell with mignonette, moules-frites au Roquefort, grilled whole snapper with fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley. Whatever your deep sea fix is, we’ve got the perfect wine for it. Here are a few suggestions.

2011 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica – $16.99

Verdicchio is one of the most widely planted white grapes in Italy, but in the right hands it can be truly sublime. The best is found in and around the village of Matelica in the Marche on the East coast of Central Italy. Organic farming, low yields, and cool stainless steel fermentation make for a wine of precise balance, airy briny minerality, and herbal and citrus aromatics. Enjoy with all manner of fresh seafood or as an aperitif with roasted almonds and casatica di bufala.

The Others:

2011 Pierre Henri Muscadet Sevre et Maine – $11.99

2011 Valdesil Godello Sobre Lias – $19.99

2010 Roland Tissier Sancerre – $20.99

2010 Edmunds St. John El Dorado Heart of Gold – $19.99

2011 Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Napa Chardonnay – $32.99

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Tre Bicchieri USA Tastings Tour

Tre Bicchieri USA Tastings Tour | Wines and People |
It's that time of the year again- the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tastings will be held in San Francisco, New York and Chicago beginning next week. These tastings feature wines that have been awarded a Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) rating - the highest possible - from Gambero Rosso, Italy's leading wine guide. 
More than 100 wineries will participate, representing 19 of the 20 regions of Italy. The variety of wines, as you would expect at a tasting of this caliber, will be remarkable. You will be able to taste Barolo from producers such as Massolino, Elvio Cogno and Fontanfredda along with Brunello di Montalcino from Biondi-Santi, Canalicchio di Sopra and La Togata. There will also be some great Tuscan reds from Antinori, Colle Massari, Fontodi and Felsina along with some gorgeous reds from Valle Reale and La Valentina from Abruzzo as well as top red wines from Mastroberardino (Campania), Cottanera and Planeta from Sicily and some lovely examples of Amarone from Speri, Tenuta Sant'Antonio and Musella.
As far as sparkling and white wines, there is also an impressive representation. Some of Franciacorta's finest wines from producers such as Guido Berlucchi, Ferghettina, La Montina and Ricci Curbastro will be poured along with Ferrari from Trentino. As for white wines, you will be able to sample from Cantina Tramin, Cantina Terlano and Elena Walch from Alto Adige; Livon, Collavini and Zuani from Friuli along with Soave from Pieropan and Verdicchio from Garofoli and Umani Ronchi
Here are the details on the tastings. You need to register and can do so by emailing Volkmer Public Relations.
San Francisco - Wednesday, February 15
Fort Mason Center - Hebrst Pavilion
Trade: 2-6 / Public 3-6
New York City - Friday, February 17
Metropolitan Pavilion - 125 W. 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Trade 2-7 / Public 3-7
Chicago - Tuesday, February 21
Union Station - 210 South Canal Street
Trade 2-6 / Public 3-6
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Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Marche 2010 - Telegraph Wines

Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Marche 2010 - Telegraph Wines | Wines and People |

A lively, citrusy bouquet with a refreshing, delicate palate

Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Marche 2010

Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 is a classic Verdicchio from estate vineyards just outside the town of Jesi itself.

Very pale in colour, it has a lively, citrusy bouquet with a refreshing, delicate palate

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Virgin Wines : Monte Schiavo Ruviano Verdicchio 2011

Virgin Wines : Monte Schiavo Ruviano Verdicchio 2011 | Wines and People |

In the heart of Italy's Marche region, Monte Schiavo are creating wonderfully innovative and flavoursome whites. This is a stylish and concentrated Verdicchio with fresh, intense aromas of grapefruit and lime, as well as honeyed stone-fruit. The palate is fresh and fruity; very approachable, with apple, pear and ripe stone fruit. A mouth-filling minerality adds to the complexity and weight. Try this with oysters, or langoustines. Deft enough to be a great aperitif too, if your're without a shucker.

Monte Schiavo is a modern and dynamic company with vineyards in the Marche region of Italy - the heart of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi country. Producing both red and white wines, it's their signature Verdicchios that they are best known by - with four special single-estate Verdicchio wines.

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Bianchello: Wine for a Weeknight Wind-Down

Bianchello: Wine for a Weeknight Wind-Down | Wines and People |

The end of a twelve-hour workday calls for a glass of wine, a quesadilla made in the microwave and the TV remote at the ready. Don't bother me, and please don't force me to think about anything. Is it terrible that I wanted this bottle of Bianchello to be a little unexciting?

Let me be honest: There are nights when I just want a pleasant, refreshing and easy-down-the-hatch wine I can drink two (maybe, um, three) glasses of and not feel like I have to genuflect. Every grape has its occasion, and Claudio Morelli's La Vigna Terrazze Bianchello del Metauro is perfect for exactly this. At the end of a long day, I am beyond thankful for it.

The brief, quarter-page entry on Biancame in Jancis Robinson's Wine Grapes summarizes, "This vigorous, mid- to late-ripening white variety from the Marche[...] is responsible for Bianchello del Matauro DOC wines, which is why the grape itself is sometimes called Bianchello."

It's full of easygoing ripe yellow apple flavors, followed up with a faintly nutty finish, kind of like toasted almonds. But I love the spritzy mouthfeel most—it makes me want to refill my glass...every time the commercial breaks come.

2010 Claudio Morelli La Vigna Terrazze Bianchello del Metauro (Marche, Italy)
The Grape: Bianchello, aka Biancame
The Region: Marche, Italy
Retail Price: $14
The Importer: AI Selections

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Le Terrazze Rosso Conero 2009 750ml - Wines Rated 90+

Le Terrazze Rosso Conero 2009 750ml - Wines Rated 90+ | Wines and People |

Rated 90 Points by Robert Parker 
The 2009 Rosso Conero is gorgeous. It also happens to be one of the very finest wine readers will find under $20. This is a decidedly ripe, opulent vintage for the Rosso Conero. Layers of plump, jammy dark fruit emerge gracefully in this textured, expressive red. The caressing finish is unusually refined for a wine at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016

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Passerina the perfumed white wine of Le Marche

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

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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Vintage scientists - researchers who plunged into the heady science of viticulture

Vintage scientists - researchers who plunged into the heady science of viticulture | Wines and People |

Physicist Richard Feynman said that “if we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire Universe”. It is the stuff of physics, chemistry, geology, psychology and the ferment of life itself. Indeed, viticulture, oenology and wine have long fascinated scientists, from Alexander Fleming and Louis Pasteur to Galileo Galilei, who described wine as “sunlight, held together by water”. Vineyards and wineries are, after all, laboratories in which the fruit of the grapevine Vitis vinifera is biochemically transformed, by sunlight, rain, soils, precision, judgement, time and technology, into a potentially sublime elixir. So, here we raise a glass to some of the adventurous scientists — including a Nobel-prizewinning astrophysicist, a group of engineers and a neuroscientist — who, with exactitude and flair, have made waves in the wine world.

  • Domodimonti Società Agricola, Le Marche, Italy
Organic chemist Francesco Bellini — who helped to develop the first compound anti-HIV drug to be made commercially, Epivir (3TC) — is a self-made man. A mid-1960s migrant to Canada from the Marche region of Italy, he has since authored or co-authored more than two dozen patents. After setting up pharmaceuticals company BioChem Pharma, Bellini began to build Domodimonti Società Agricola, a winery in Montefiore dell'Aso, Marche, in 2004. Bellini sees wine-making as the most ancient form of biochemistry. His 'natural wines' are based on sustainable practice, such as hand-picking the grapes and banning additives that enhance mouth-feel or colour. Domodimonti's 2008 Il Messia, made from Montepulciano and Merlot, is a deep ruby red with real biochemical verve — fruity, “powerful and fleshy”, as the winery puts it, with “empyreumatic notes and anise”.

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  • Domaine de Vens-le-Haut, Savoie, France
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Italian Wines 2013 Gambero Rosso

Italian Wines 2013

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The sixteenth edition of 'Italian Wines', published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food Editore, a translation of the twenty-fifth edition of the Italian version, is the world's most complete guide to quality Italian wines. More than 70 tasters travelled around Italy all year long, searching for the best bottles. The tastings - all blind - took place in consortiums and local chambers of commerce and were supported by experts in the sector, sommeliers and trade operators. The guide is organised in a very simple, clear and functional way. First, there is a section that identifies the winery - name, address, number of hectares of vineyard, method of cultivation (conventional, organic, biodynamic or natural). Then, the entry tells the story of the winery and the territory where it is situated. Finally, the guide describes the wines, which are evaluated by the celebrated method of Bicchieri, or glasses, ranging from one to a maximum of Tre Bicchieri. The guide also pays special attention to wineries that are sensitive to the environment and to achieving naturalness in their products, awarding Tre Bicchieri Verdi to bottles that come from those with a particular regard for the environment.

Here the list of "The best Le Marche wines I TRE BICCHIERI 2013" a useful orientation guide for Le Marche wine passionates or professionals from all over the world looking for something to excite curiosity and satisfy their exigent customers: 

  • Barricadiero 2010 Aurora
  • Il Pollenza 2009 Il Pollenza
  • Kurni 2010 Oasi degli Angeli
  • Rosso Piceno Superiore Roggio del Filare 2009 Velenosi
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Brut Ubaldo Rosi Riserva 2006Colonnara
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Crisio Riserva 2010 Casal Farneto
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Il Cantico della Figura Riserva 2009 Felici Andrea
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico San Sisto Riserva 2009 Fazi Battaglia
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Stefano Antonucci Riserva 2010Santa Barbara
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Capovolto 2010 La Marca di San Michele
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Pallio di San Floriano 2011 Monteschiavo
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Podium 2010Garofoli
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore San Michele 2010Vallerosa Bonci
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vecchie Vigne 2010Umani Ronchi
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Vigna Novali Riserva 2009 Terre Cortesi Moncaro
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Riserva 2009 Bucci
  • Verdicchio di Matelica Mirum Riserva 2010 La Monacesca

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Casalfarneto Fontevecchia Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOCG

Casalfarneto Fontevecchia Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOCG | Wines and People |

The  Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore wine by Casalfarneto comes from Le Marche Region of Italy. Legend has it that when the Visigoths marched on Rome, they were provided with barrels of Verdicchio to maintain their strength.
Verdicchio means “little green one” and the grapes are straw colored with green tinges. The grapes for the Superiore wines come from the oldest winegrowing areas, in this case the Fontevecchia Vineyard.
This wine is crisp and tinged with minerality. It is fermented in stainless steel and aged for nine months before bottling. It has a rich texture with tropical fruit notes. It has more gusto than most Italian whites.
The Verdicchio pairs well with fish, shrimp and real Italian dishes. This wine got a hearty thumbs up, especially when you want a switch from Chardonnay.

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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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Aristocratic Italian White: Conti Leopardi Verdicchio Classico 2011

Aristocratic Italian White: Conti Leopardi Verdicchio Classico 2011 | Wines and People |

Verdicchio is a crisp Italian white grape that makes wines with “considerable personality” (The World Atlas of Wine). You’ll find it in the Marche (pronounced “mar-kay”) region along the Adriatic coast. Unlike most Italian whites, it’s known for its ability to age, and the best offer a nutty, buttery complexity. Conti Leopardi, acclaimed at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition, was crafted by a noble family who have made wine in the Marche since 1500.

If you're into literature, you may have heard of the Leopardi family — their ancestor Giacomo, a 19th century poet, is as important to the Italians as Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world. Today, the family is just as proud of their reputation for excellent wines. In fact, it wasn’t hard to persuade the present-day Count Leopardi, Pierfrancesco, to grant our customers access to the family’s pride-and-joy Verdicchio.
The Leopardi's vineyards are located more than 1,100 feet above sea level, where brilliant sunshine, the cooling influence from the Adriatic and low-yielding ancient vines produce aromatic, intensely flavored Verdicchio grapes. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the Marche is a top spot for fresh seafood. So locally, this elegant white — with notes of citrus, minerals, almonds and fresh herbs (which will also develop a subtle nuttiness over time) — would be enjoyed with simple grilled white fish, shrimp or calamari.

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Wines from sunny Italy - for sunny Davis

Wines from sunny Italy - for sunny Davis | Wines and People |

[...] I want to tell you about another delicious find, the Marchetti Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi (yes, a mouthful but so euphonious). Someone described this varietal — and this wine in particular — as “a thinking person’s pinot grigio,” adding that verdicchio is “one of the best whites in the Mediterranean world.”

Winemaker Maurizio Marchetti’s family has been making verdicchio for generations, and this citrus-y, mineral-ly example is a perfect winter white. I had it with halibut, but my partner thought it went equally well with her pasta. I’m guessing that the “thinking person” comment refers to this wine’s complexity, which is significant — and unusual in an under-$15 bottle (Co-op, currently on sale for $12.99). The warmer the wine got, the more layers were revealed, so I suggest serving this at just under room temperature. And if ever you were to buy wine just for the bottle, this lovely, sensuous one would be it. [...]

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Tasting Montepulciano

Tasting Montepulciano | Wines and People |

Retrospective on the Montepulciano of Le Marche and Abruzzo, which will give an idea of the vine’s potential.[...]


  • Conero Dorico Riserva, 2005, Moroder - Pure Montepulciano. It looks menacing from the start, dark, with purple tones. A monument to these lands’ beauty, it’s concentrated, a potential masterpiece, densely fruity, perfectly fused in powerful tannic weaves that persists until a savory finale. Its fierce tannin requires a Sacrifice of Korean-Barbecue Ribs. It will easily get to twenty years. Score: 90. €20.
  • Conero Vision of J riserva, 2006, Le Terrazze - The house’s first born, which gets only the best vintages—and it shows. Elegant in its deep, fruity notes of sour cherry and blackberry, its spicy wealth and its savory suggestions that come from the sea, a luminous window opened in a dark tannic score. This wine has great personality and consistency, which make it one of the great standards of the area. Its fine bouquet can be accompanied by Game Pies or, even, Turkish Shish Kebabs with a Garlicky Tahini. Score: 91. €25.
  • Kurni, 2008, Oasi degli Angeli - Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in a bottle. Only six thousand bottles per year make the Kurni a pure temptation, an idea that became substance. This is its greatest quality, to elevate itself above matter and aim for the Absolute. Its appearance is imperturbable like ink, splendid, a whirlpool of red fruit in many forms—fresh, caramelized, in alcohol, in a frappé, in ice cream, in yogurt—but also rose, mulberry, carnation, licorice, iris, aniseed, coffee, cinnamon, tobacco, china root, rhubarb, ginger, myrtle. It’s a surprising fugue of flavors that finds no rest. The magnificence of its taste is amplified by a warm texture, while tannins are under control. Its sweet intensity make it taste almost like a passito, the dream of a sweet-toothed kid. One wonders if such roundness isn’t maybe too much, too frivolous, but this feeling doesn’t last, and becomes fresher, sharper, a statuesque body behind this softness. A wine for meditation, it performs at best with a Castelmagno cheese or Duck with Orange. Score: 95. €80.
  • Regina del Bosco, 2007, Fattoria Dezi - A strong-willed wine, which encompasses all the nuances typical of the vine, the ruby color, the clear fruits and massive character. The sweet concentration of wild strawberries and cocoa turn it into an irresistible syrup. The taste flows boldly. Its warmth is persistent, yet never overwhelming. Pair Roasted Pig with Plums or Canadian Onion Soup. Score 92. €28.
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Le Marche: Land of Wines

Le Marche: Land of Wines | Wines and People |

Marche is an explosion of color, living Fauvism.

You’ll feel stupefied by such beauty, as you will by the wines of this region.
Juicy, tasteful, full bodied but subtle wines, marked by the inner story of this land. Every wine is a manifesto of a particular place, maybe where the Romans planted the first vineyard or where only few vignerons are still cultivating an ancient grape that none will ever know. And we have to thank them, because after years of perfecting their techniques, of searching for clones and selecting vines, we are all happy to enjoy the results of their endeavors, and we are not only speaking about great white wines like Verdicchio, but also about Sangiovese, Lacrima di Morro (produced exclusively in the village of Morro d’Alba), Montepulciano and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, all native and ready to be discovered with a great Marche wine tour!

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Le Marche Wines on "i Vini Veronelli 2013 App"

Le Marche Wines on "i Vini Veronelli 2013 App" | Wines and People |

An App which true italian wine lovers who wish to be completely up to date cannot do without, anywhere in the world.

The app of the Veronelli guide edition 2013 is addressed to expert and enthusiastic consumers who are looking for convenient way to get information and references for Italian wines. It is also user-friendly for occasional consumers and tourists who are interested in an practical way to know an extraordinary world which is always full of new and original choices.

With this app you can:

  • read the pages dedicated to 1,860 wineries with a short description followed by their address and telephone number, website and email. Each entry also has additional, information to help the users find exactly what they are looking for: Olive oil, cheese, specialty items, spirits, and a variety of Italian meats, all made by hand; Bed & Breakfast; Organic and/or Natural Wines and so on.
  • know the characteristics of 13,090 reviewed wines for which are reported the year tested,the evaluation of Guida Veronelli's editors, the numbers of bottles produced, the recommended years, the kind of wine-making, the type and the price range.
  • discover the 20 Veronelli Sun ie the wines which have made the strongest impression, stimulated the most powerful emotions or given the most pleasure over the course of the year.
  • access to the lists of the 545 Top Wines and the 172 Important Debuts.
  • easily find wineries and wines with a convenient and efficient search function. Specifically, it is possible to search by producer or wine, together with the opportunity to personalize different parameters by price, wine, taste, direct or indirect selling, and more.
  • save your favorite wineries and wines by adding your notes and your photos.
  • find products that are close to your current location or a specific location.
  • have the selection of the best restaurants in which, besides the quality of the food, you can taste the best wines that Italy produces.
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BIBENDA 2013 Best Italian Wines 2013 The App

BIBENDA 2013 Best Italian Wines 2013 The App | Wines and People |
ENG - The most complete Guide to the Best Wines of Italy. 20,000 wines reviewed: tastings, ratings, types, varieties, prices, how they are made, the recommended pairings. Not a book to read, but a fully interactive guide with maps, contacts, the ability to take notes, store cellars and favorite wines, the search for the right match.
Well represented Le Marche Wines.

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Le Marche Wines Tasted in China

  • Luigi Giusti - Luigino - Dark ruby color, pleasant notes of black cherry, milk chocolate and balsamic. Very pleasant taste. Fitted for spiced pork cutlet.
  • Rubbjano - Deep ruby colour with dark violet tints. Mature roses, with hints of the forest and suggestion of vanilla. Fitted for spiced pork cutlet.
  • Sartarelli - Verdicchio Balciana - Brillant Gold color, many harmonic sensation to the nase, syrup peach, grapefruit, dry banana, resin. Perfect balance between smoothness and fresh mineral taste, very long lasting with almond final notes.Elaborated Fish, Veal and young goat cheese.
  • Verdicchio Tralivio - Greenish Gold color, Freshness, with notes mineral, nuts, grass. Balance between acidity and body, final with almond taste. Fish and veal as saltimbocca.
  • Verdicchio Passito - Topaz yellow colour introduces a sweet bouquet of aromas, a mixture of candied quince fruits, honey, saltish and iodate notes. The sweet wine is delicious with mature cheeses (also accompanied with jams or honey) and with various desserts, particularly almond tarts or biscuits.
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Le Marche Wine Reviews: Lacrima di Morro D'alba Conti di Buscareto 2009

Le Marche Wine Reviews: Lacrima di Morro D'alba Conti di Buscareto 2009 | Wines and People |
Really lovely fragrant nose. It is like drinking perfume in a good way, Smells like violets and roses. Smooth, med body 

One of my favorite wines. This is the 2009 but we just drank a bottle of the 2010 and it's similar. Cost <$20.

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Lacrima di morro d'alba Conti di Buscareto 2009 Eataly Wine Store 

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Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Le Marche

Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Le Marche | Wines and People |
  • Grapes - 100% Verdicchio
  • Pronunciation: Verdicchio: [Vair-dee-kee-oh] Dei Castelli Di Jesi: [Day kah-stay-lee dee jeh-see]

The name Verdicchio comes to us in part by the Italian word for green (“verde”), due to the greenish-yellow hue of the wine.

Winemaker Maurizio Marchetti is an avid painter. With a particular love for the work of Renaissance painter Botticelli this particular bottle bears Botticelli’s Venus.

Marchetti is known to be extremely picky about the grapes he chooses to go into his wines.

  • The Marches.

The wines from Marches are just not widely seen on wine lists, mainly because of poor marketing.

The Marches region of Italy apparently sees close to 3,000 hours (that’s almost 200 days) of grape-warming sun each year!

What makes this wine a “Classico” is that it’s produced from a smaller defined area within Marches. This area has the amount of vines planted per acre limited more than “regular” Verdicchio. Anytime you see “Classico” on a bottle of Italian wine, that pretty-much the same story through Italy.

Verdicchio is known to have a naturally high level of acidity and it’s for that reason the grape was actually used to make some of the first Italian sparkling spumante wines, dating back to the middle of the 19th century.

  • Taste

Medium-bodied, but remaining crisp. The fresh cut grass, herbs, floral notes and apricot leads the way, but really only opened up after a little vigorous swirling. The wine is fresh and alive on the palate, with pear, citrus, and wet stone flavors leading into a dry finish.

  • Pairing

I would normally suggest drinking it on it’s own, sat next to the pool somewhere; but since we’re right in the middle at winter, and the heating is temporarily out of action in my house, nothing could be further from my mind! I recommend: gnocchi, seafood salad, clams, salmon, sea bass, sushi, light pastas, or pork….and now I’m cold AND hungry!

  • Price $14.99

Available in Jacksonville from Riverside Liquors and/or Royal Palm. Call first to order/confirm stock.

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Dwight the Wine Doctor - Baked Mac N' Cheese with Saladini Pilastri Falerio Ascolani Wine

Holiday Food & Wine Pairings with Dwight Casimere

With the holidays having begun, Dwight Casimere, a sommelier and one of the nation’s premiere wine and food writers, suggests wine pairings with a couple holiday dishes for your family to enjoy.

With baked Mac N’ Cheese cups, Dwight suggests Saladini Pilastri Falerio dei Colli Ascolani Wine, a certified organic and value-priced wine from Le Marche region in Italy. Falerio dei Colli Ascolani is produced from an ancient mixture of grapes from Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino. Its typical straw-yellow hue and delicate bouquet are due to the excellent position of the vineyards. This elegant and full-bodied wine goes particularly well with green olives, fish and soups, as well as delicate sauces and white meats. Saladini Pilastri wines are available in Total Wine and More stores across the country, as well as on their website.

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