DOC(G)s

A Quick Explanation of Italian Wines- IGT, DOC & DOCG

Before I release my article covering the wines of Le Marche, I’d like to make clear to everyone what exactly DOC, DOCG and IGT means. Italian wines can take a lifetime to master (I’m merely on the tip of the iceberg), and can become confusing if you try to wade through them without any prior knowledge. This should act as a good beginning spot for anyone looking to better understand Italian wine. The IGT, DOC and DOCG acronyms are designations used for [...]

There and Back Again – Meeting the Family Centanni

  Not long into my time at Lavanda Blu (that story here) we needed to head over the hill to the Centanni family property to fill up at the wine station (quite literally like a gas station, see below). Hans, the tall Dutchman with a wolf’s look of gray hair and blue-gray eyes (and a wild sense of humor you could only attribute to a true Dutchman), took me with him to fill the wine jugs at Cantina Centanni (cantina, Italian for winery). [...]

Pecorino: The Red that Dresses as a White

“In this spectacle of nature, man can merely work to preserve the natural health of the grapes and the aromatic character of the varietal so that… the result is a fresh wine, with clear aromas of the Pecorino varietal, robust & flavorful, vertical and horizontal, full-bodied and long lasting, that you drink and drink again, [a wine] which you remember.”                                       [...]

Discovering the Gem: A Chance Stumble Across The Marche

Arriving at Agriturismo Lavanda Blu June 2011 Carassai, Italy Long green valli fingering out, hilltop borghi speckled about, mall aziende set throughout, la costa, warm and gorgeous blue, towering montagne, always a stunning view. Must be in The Marvelous Marche On my way to study abroad in Spain, I found work as a farm hand in the lavender fields and gardens of Agriturismo Lavanda Blu. Partners Hans and Lisa run the organic farm, campground and bed & breakfast, offering a relaxing, quiet resort for guests. If you happen to wake up for it, the [...]

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