Study finds pesticide residue in majority of French wines tested

Last week, the French research laboratory Excell published the results of a study of pesticide residue in more than 300 French wines. Here’s the write-up from Decanter magazine: A study of more than 300 French wines has found that only 10% of those tested were clean of any traces of...

@RN74Seattle + #Verdicchio + #PacificOysters = #betterthansex

What a thrill to learn that Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is currently featured on the wine list “Sommelier Select” at RN74 Seattle (above), the northwest outpost of celebrity chef Michael Mina and celebrity sommelier Rajat Parr. Considering that Seattle is one of the best places in the country...

A great series on Castelli di Jesi by @WalterSpeller (@JancisRobinson)

Above: A view from the Pievalta winery. In case you missed it, we wanted to share a wonderful and highly informative series of posts by wine writer Walter Speller on Castelli di Jesi, its varied growing zones and macroclimates, and tasting notes from some of its leading wineries. Walter published...

Despite challenges, 2014 a promising vintage for Verdicchio say Slow Wine editors

Above: “After 25 days, 11,529 crates of grapes, and 600 cups of espresso and meals sitting around the wine press,” wrote Pievalta general manager Silvia Loschi on the winery’s Facebook on October 8, “harvest 2015 is over!” “The cold, rainy 2014 vintage posed many challenges” for Verdicchio growers write the...

Perlugo, sparkling Verdicchio from Pievalta

The first time I tasted this wine, a sparkling wine from Verdicchio, it was during our first visit to the winery in the Marches and it was the first occasion that I sat down to taste with grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino and his wife Silvia Loschi, who manages...

Organic pizza to pair with biodynamic wine

Above: Le Basi is a company that produces 100% certified organic “zero kilometer” prepared pizza and focaccia doughs. Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 20), from 4-8 p.m., Pievalta will be pouring its Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi at the organic food store Bìos in the town of Monsano (province of Ancona). The...

Palio di San Floriano, a medieval pageant held in Jesi every year

Today is the last day of the Palio di San Floriano, a wonderful medieval pageant that takes place every year in the town of Jesi. Here’s a note on the festival from Silvia Loschi, manager of the Pievalta winery. This week, Jesi is the backdrop for the famous Palio di...

Véraison nearly complete in Franciacorta

Above: Pinot Nero grapes in Barone Pizzini’s Polzina vineyard. Photo taken today, August 7, 2013. See the wider shot of the vineyard, also taken today, below. From the Franciacorta Consortium bulletin this week: “Véraison is still not complete. Ripening is still just beginning and the sugar levels are still low...

Pinot Noir harvest has begun in Franciacorta

Barone Pizzini manager Silvano Brescianini (vice president of the Franciacorta consortium) sent these photos today. The panorama shot is a great example of Franciacorta’s unique topography: note the morainic hills (glacial debris) that violently shoot up from the landscape. And note also the cloud cover, created in part by the...