Yesterday I spent a good part of the day with wine maven Robbin Gheesling of VineyardAdventures sampling some of Italy's fine wines at the Luca Marroni 2012 wine show. Each region was represented by about eight or ten wineries and we did our best to make the rounds of the wines that have been selected to appear in the Luca Marroni 2012 Annuario dei Migliori Vini in Italia.
The guide is a tome featuring hundreds of wines, written in Italian, and well worth the purchase. Among the local wineries, we enjoyed the Falesco wines the most. Located in southern Umbria / northern Lazio, Falesco (www.falesco.it) boasts an array of fine wines. I particularly enjoyed the Tellus and have for years, as did Robbin. The company recently changed the Tellus bottle to a shorter, stouter bottle...very appealing.
Another plus of this event was the tastings of local food products. The best by far was a panino made with pane casareccio and stuffed with crunchy, flavorful porchetta from nearby Ariccia. Porchetta is the true destiny of the pig; so simple but incredibly delicious. It was a divine accompaniment to quite a few of the wines we sampled. Try it out if you find yourself near Ariccia: www.laporchettadelponte.com