Still close to Fermo, Le Corti Dei Farfensi is raised on a hill and surrounded by vineyards. They do however, have vineyards further away. The name of the winery is named after the monks that once produced the wine where they are now based. They told us of the vines they have outside the small town of Moresco, apparently the most beautiful town in Italy!
Interview: Pecorino Wine - Marco Cavalieri, owner of Le Corti Dei Farfensi:
Curtes, Falerio, Pecorino, 2013
This pecorino was different to what we had tasted previously, having a lovely freshness with powerful acidity producing flavours of pear white peach. As the wine breathed I distinctly detected some banana, not overpowering but just an added dimension.
I would love to enjoy a bottle of this with some salt cod, poached in milk, served with tomatoes, fresh rosemary and potatoes in local olive oil…. but now I am dreaming…
A small production of 20,000 bottles means that you’ll have to keep your eyes very well peeled to get a bottle outside of Italy.
Abate Pietro, 2009, 80% montipulciano, 20% syrah
Lovely deep carmin colour. The nose is a combination of liquorice, prune and a bit of sour cherry. The age really gives it that soft silky touch and this is an excellent example of good red wines from the Marche can be.
For a food pairing I would suggest wild boar ragu with the boar marinated in red wine, bay leaves, cloves, garlic and onion.
Listen to Marco Cavalieri talk about the red wine, Abate Pietro:
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Soave: volcanic wines with elegance and longevity
Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.
An American In Paris; Tanisha Townsend (@GirlMeetsGlass) discusses podcasts, Paris wine bars, & what she's drinking at the moment
Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.
Wine tasting in Galicia: The pilgrims search for Albarino
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.
Interview: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers, climate change & tasting with Stephane Dupuch
Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch.
Wine tasting in northern Catalonia in the foothills of the Pyrenees
It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.
Talking food and wine & Carluccio's motto: "MOF MOF"
Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":