The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Marches

This region lies on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, so much of its cuisine is seafood-based. Marches is best-known for its white wines. Verdicchio produced near the towns of Jesi and Matelica often has gently bitter notes and rich fruit, and is an excellent match for many seafood dishes. Red wines are produced here as well, with Sangiovese being the dominant red grape in the region. When blended with the local Montepulciano, it makes a wine called Rosso Piceno (mostly sangiovese) or Rosso Conero (mostly Montepulciano), depending on its origin. These are made in a style roughly similar to Chianti but with a bit more body. They are gutsy wines with a rustic edge and exuberant fruit that works well with the country cuisine from the inland hills of the province.
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