Saturday, August 27, 2016

Winestudio Presents Rio Maggio Discovering Italian Wines Of Marche

*Wine Scholarship Samples*

We continue tonight again with guest Jonathan Zeiger and the wines of Rio Maggio and Centanni. Don't let the bottles fool you thinking 2 wines were sweet dessert juice. Not at all but yes I was fooled prior to pulling the corks. More beautiful views from the region and impressive juice. I asked Jonathan how they keep the costs down while maintaining such high quality. "The region being still undiscovered, low land costs and artisan traditions that have carried on through generations." Affordable for all wine drinkers anytime.

We started the evening with the Rio Maggio Pecorino. The grape is native to Marche and shows nicely on the nose and in the mouth. Toasted almond, honey, melon with floral notes and lime citrus. Grab your favorite seafood dish and pair this wine.

We made our way to the Rio Maggio Rosso Piceno as the second wine of the evening with it's lush fruit and spice. Rich dark berries with plum, raspberry, oak/smoke and a big spicy finish to start but as you allow the wine to warm in the glass the tannins calm ( I found this to be very true on the last wine as well). Just a tad young maybe but would I love to taste this again in 5-10 yrs. How good would this be with a rustic stew!

With the event 3/4 done we moved to the final wine the Centanni  Rosso Piceno and a glass cork (so much easier to replace in the bottle should you not drink all the wine in one evening). You feel like a king sipping this wine with its deep dark cherry notes, intertwined splashes of ripe raspberry, a smokey richness along with hints of leather and tobacco. Mature when you first open but the longer it remains in the glass we move right to elegance. I believe as I saw some of the tweets flash by one of the comments "Ooh this is good" might just need to be incorporated in your write up LOL.

Sadly the night ended but next week we have 3 final wines as we taste out way through Marche and Umbria.
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As many of you already know Italy was hit with a massive earthquake in the very region we are tasting. So many deaths and unbelievable destruction. This weekend was a time for celebration with many families traveling to the area. Kudos to Mike Madaio for providing a link Undiscovered Italy where you can donate, cook Amatriciana and open a bottle of Central Italian Red and show your support. Please consider helping!


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