Verdicchio dei Castello Di Jesi
Verdicchio dei Castello Di Jesi is one of my favorite seasonal wines and is perfect in the spring for light fish or braised rabbit with fresh herbs and maybe a little spice.
Verdicchio is the 15th most planted varietal in the world, which means though you may never have heard of this grape, a lot of people are drinking a lot of it. It is more widely planted than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir! Youre probably asking yourself if this stuff is so good, why have I not had it? Well, you probably have. If you've ever traveled to central Italy and had a little white wine at lunch, chances are it had at least a little Verdicchio in it. The version in this case, from Castello Di Jesi DOC, is Verdicchio in its highest form. Made in the Le Marche provinces of Ancona and Materata, it is the local best white wine. It has to contain at least 85% of the Verdicchio grape and can be topped off with a little Trebbiano.
I am a big advocate of drinking hearty amounts of cool, crisp Italian white wine as the weather warms and this is a great one to start Spring with.
This cheese is made from sheep’s milk in the province of Crotone in Calabria, the southern most section of Italy's boot. Delightful, sharp and hard, this cheese has the taste of the Italian soil with lots of herbs. Hints of orange peel and fennel dominate. Wonderful as a table cheese or thinly sliced over grilled vegetables.
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