posted on April 30, 2015
I miss the Marche. It's off the beaten track - hardly any tourists, but one of the best hotel/restaurants we've been to is Antico Borgo, (about 20 miles from the coast) owned by our (now) friends, Fabrizio and Samira Facchini. We had a lot of great meals there. And some of the loveliest wines of Italy come from the Marche, particularly those from the Brunori family.
The Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Alborada is one of my favorites from the Brunori's tiny winery. Beautifully perfumed - reminding me of a theoretical blend of Vieille Vignes (old vines) Chinon from Fabrice Gasnier, and Morgon Côte de Py ( a rich, "cru" Beaujolais) from Domaine de Robert. The wine, of course, has nothing to do with either; it's produced from the indigenous Lacrima (red) that grows within the boundaries of Morro di Alba near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
I took out a bottle of this beautiful wine from my dwindling supplies (we get only one small shipment a year) to celebrate our first outdoor meal of the season - a perfectly-grilled, grass-fed ribeye, and a simple salad of arugula. Now, if I can just hold onto my last two bottles until the next vintage arrives.
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