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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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Gurvinder Bhatia: branch out beyond pinot grigio to try other white wines

Gurvinder Bhatia: branch out beyond pinot grigio to try other white wines | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Le Marche Wine in Canada: Edmontonians love their pinot grigio. That's not surprising since pinot grigio from Italy is the number one imported white wine into Canada. I did a random search of 10 local wine lists, and every wine list that included an Italian white listed a pinot grigio.

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Le Marche wine in Canada: Verdicchio and Pecorino presented as good alternatives to Pinot Grigio

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Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012

Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market | Cantorí Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

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. The vineyard is a hilly terrain of calcareous clay, at an elevation of 1,200 ft ABL. Grapes are hand harvested and yields are low at about 2.5 tons/acre, which shows in the concentration and power of the fruit on the palate. The grapes are left on the vine until they are almost over-ripe (some are even botrytis-affected), then hand-harvested and placed in small, 20 kg boxes. The utmost care is taken to harvest only the ripest fruit and therefore several passes through the vineyards are required. 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 note: 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.

Review: There’s a distinctive late harvest-like richness here; the nose is powerful and ripe, full of custard pear, vanilla-poached pear, succulent ripe white peach and plenty of honeyed nuances, while the palate is viscous and dense, with a vague impression of sweetness firmed up by a streak of acids and a certain stony-mineral note. Terrific length and depth - a verdicchio of real stature and class.  [...]

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Le Marche Wines in Canada | Whites of a different stripe

Le Marche Wines in Canada | Whites of a different stripe | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Tired of the same old Pinot Grigio? Bored senseless by Sauvignon Blanc? These unique whites from Vintages have got you covered.

  • Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2011, $17.95 - Made from the Verdicchio grape, this wine hails from the Marche region in central Italy. Serve with asparagus risotto. Ponce notes: The nose tempts with delicate aromas of pears and white flowers. It’s fresh and zippy with a rich vein of minerality and a pinch of sea salt on the finish.
  • d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2012, $19.95
  • Estate Argyros Assyrtiko 2011, $22.95



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“The Aphrodisiacs” - Verdicchio and Oysters

“The Aphrodisiacs” - Verdicchio and Oysters | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The Aphrodisiacs” debut Wine & Oyster event took place last night at Restaurant VORO in the Mile End of Montreal, QC. The place filled up by 7:30pm with people that came from all over the city to enjoy a great deal at $20 for half a dozen oysters and a choice of 3 wines by the glass...

Maybe you prefer your oysters completely bare? In that case try the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 from Marche, Italy. This is our super mineral, earthy white wine that matches up to the naked oyster. Notes of chalk & limestone and subtle hints of melon and pineapple.

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Le Marche Wines in Canada: De Angelis Prato Grande Chardonnay 2013

Le Marche Wines in Canada: De Angelis Prato Grande Chardonnay 2013 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

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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Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market: Umani Ronchi goes to Canada with Gambero Rosso

Le Marche Wines in the Canadian Market: Umani Ronchi goes to Canada with Gambero Rosso | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Tre Bicchieri; The Best of the Best of Italian wines. The Tre Bicchieri World Tour recently came to Vancouver for us to experience their top rated Italian
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Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Casal di Serra 2013(Marche) – Nice flowers and orange aromas.  Sweet spice, nutmeg, stone fruit, and more orange on the palate.  Light body soft and round mouth feel.

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Italian wines: what happens when heritage grapes get cutting edge winemaking

Italian wines: what happens when heritage grapes get cutting edge winemaking | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Very few wine producing nations bring as much panache to their tastings as do the Italians.

The Italian Trade Commission recently sponsored its ninth annual tasting in Vancouver..
The Italians have sponsored tastings in Toronto and Montreal for 19 years; those cities are the major Canadian markets for Italian wine. In the last decade, Italy has made more of an effort in Western Canada as well, trying to win away consumers that buy most of their wine from Australia, California, South America and British Columbia.
Perhaps half of the 37 wineries at the Vancouver tasting have no wines in the market. Those wineries were looking for agents and listings in the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.
The LDB currently lists 460 Italian products, including multiple sizes and fortified products. Sales of Italian wines in British Columbia in the 12 months ended September 30 totalled $59.2 million, up five per cent from the previous 12 months.
It is a sliver of the market. The LDB’s total sales in the same 12 months were just under $3 billion.
But the Italian sliver is worth exploring, to discover the excellent “new world” styling of the wines. In the past decade or two, Italian producers have really raised the bar. And they are doing it with varietals that grow primarily in Italy. The taste profile of Italian wines is a refreshing change to palates that may have become jaded with Merlot and Shiraz.
Their edge comes from using varietals not even grown in much of the rest of the wine world. When you add those novel flavours to modern wine making, you get crisp, fresh whites without a trace of oxidation and you get juicy and appealing reds without the hard tannins of yesteryear.
Italy still offers the familiar brands that have been on the market for years and years, but made to improved quality standards. One example is a 45-year-old brand, Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio Classico ($14.99), a crisp, refreshing white still being sold in the green hourglass shaped bottle. Many of us bought it initially because the bottles, like the Chianti in the “fiasco” served well as candle holder.
Fazi Battaglia is an example of why the Italians are competitive. Verdicchio is an ancient variety that is planted widely in central Italy but hardly anywhere else. The LDB’s tasting notes speak of flavours of baked apple, hazelnut and ripe melon. The wine is light but it has its own personality...
...The bottom line is that the Italians, by adopting cutting edge winemaking techniques but not jettisoning their traditional varietals, are producing wines that are unique.

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