White wine lovers should not miss a chance to visit the Marche region to taste and perhaps compare the different characteristics of its two Verdicchio wines, the one made in Jesi and the one made in Matelica. Having already written at length about the Jesi version, I will now focus on Verdicchio di Matelica, the largest producer of which is Belisario. Despite being such a large cooperative its has been able to ensure a considerable level of quality for the various products of its members.
When I organized my visit there I asked them to arrange a vertical tasting of their most famous and award-winning Verdicchio, Cambrugiano. However, when I got there I found lined up there on the tasting table not just that wine but also two others: Vignetti del Cerro and Vigneti Belisario. The surprise was brainchild of Roberto Potentini, the cooperative’s enologist, together with his experienced staff and with the approval of President Centofani. In other words, what they were ‘forcing’ me to do was to evaluate 28 different bottles of Verdicchio… an endeavor for which I would certainly need the help and blessing of the great Bacchus!
I brought along two friends to help with the tasting, great experts on wines from the Marche, Pierpaolo Rastelli (Gambero Rosso) and Francesco Quercetti (Slow Wine). The experience was both fun and instructive. […]
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