Wine

Porcupine Wines: Lazio’s Finest from Sergio Mottura

Mottura Vineyard

Porcupine’s eye view of the Mottura Vineyard

This past April the Formaggio Wine Team took a pleasant trip to visit Sergio Mottura’s estate on our way to VinItaly 2014. We flew into Rome’s Fiumicino airport early in the morning and drove north-east towards Umbria. We eventually split off from the crazy A1 autostrada onto small, one-lane roads. Just along the northern border of Lazio we reached the medieval hamlet of Civitella d’Agliano, and the home, hotel and cantina of the Mottura family.

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A Perfect Pairing: Valençay Affiné and Domaine de la Pépière’s Château-Thébaud Clos des Morines 2009 Muscadet Sur Lie

Marc Olivier is one of a handful of growers determined to showcase the pedigree of the local white grape: Melon de Bourgogne. You can smell and feel all of that clean, stony minerality straight through the finish of this wine. Paired with a nibble of salty, creamy Valençay, its quiet apple orchard fruit notes open up beautifully, and its minerally finish clears the way for another tasty bite.

The French Basque Region: Brebis, Tart Cherry Jam and Irouléguy Wine

A trip through the French Basque country is one of distinct sights, scents, and flavors. Rolling hills of green pastures are punctuated by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys, and sheep are everywhere!