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martedì 29 dicembre 2015

Offida Pecorino

Offida Pecorino is a wine DOCG (Documentation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin), since 2011. It draws its name from Offida, an ancient city near Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche (Region of Central Italy).

Known and appreciated from the ducal courts already in the '500, the Pecorino is officially mentioned in a classification of Italian vines in 1871.

Pecorino is a vine native of a wide area which comprises the South of Le Marche, the north of Abruzzo and some eastern areas of Lazio, originally grown in hilly terrain also at an altitude of over 1,000 meters above sea level, where it has proven its resistance to difficult climate.

Despite its excellent properties, the Pecorino gradually disappears from the vineyards because of its poor performance, seriously risking extinction.

It's saved for the tenacity of some farmers, particularly attached to the traditions that have kept alive this ancient variety, first for to improve the wines of poor quality, then to present it again to the wine-makers and more refined consumers.

The grapes Pecorino has a long bunch, with conical shape irregular, the berries are small and spherical, the skin is thin and quite substantial. The leaf is of medium size, heart-shaped, rounded, with five little lobes, serrated and notched, supported by a pale green peduncle with reddish hues, while the branch is puny, reddish in color and with many knots.

The production area of Pecorino Offida is in the hills of the province of Ascoli Piceno, between the rivers Aso and Tronto, where there are the countries of Offida, Ripatransone and Monsampolo.

Properties: Offida Pecorino has a pale yellow color with light green reflections and the scent of tropical fruit and broom.

Consumption: should be consumed quite young, usually not more than two years of age, served at a temperature of 8-10 ° C. It goes well with fish and white meat.

Feasts and fairs where you can taste the wine Offida Pecorino:
- wine market "Colli Piceni" - Offida, in early September;
- carnival of Offida - Offida, in February;
- exhibition of Merletto - Offida, the last days of June and early July;
- feast of the Ciavarro - Ripatransone, during the month of July.

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Offida Wine

How can you distinguish whether an Offida wine is the best quality or not?

This is one of the fascinating questions you will be asked if you like beer. Offida is naturally a quality wine, but how it is prepared determines it real value to different individuals.

Some people prefer taking dry Offida wine without being mindful of the taste. Everyone has his own ways of determining whether wine is good or bad. Even though some people consider where the grapes come from to be the most important thing, others are concerned with the charactericts that determine the quality of the best wine.

The Offida wine is a world class wine that is in high demand and is being sold everywhere across the world. If you want to determine the quality of wine being presented at your table, rely on a few techniques to evaluate the glass that the barman uses to present it to you. Here are two very essential techniques.

Check if the Offida wine glass is clear and plain

This will make it possible for you to determine the color and the age of the Offida wine. Through this, it is easier to know the age of the wine that you are about to drink. Moreover, the consistency and the grapes used in preparing the wine can also be determined using the clarity of the glass. The best quality wine will not leave any stains on the glass. The glass will remain both clear and plain.

The glassware should have a stem

The stem allows you to hold the base of the wine glass appropriately. When you hold Offida wine glass from the stem, the chances are that your fingerprints will not be printed on the glass. For someone to swirl the Offida wine without spilling it, hold the glass using the stem. Moreover, the fingerprint will disrupt the clarity of the wine in the glass.

Apart from these techniques, there are still other things that you can consider.

Apparently, using the above tips is very easy. There is no question that you can not use them. But in certain technical cases, you may need the help of an experienced person to advise you on alternatives for choosing the best Offida wine. If you need help. please seek assistance from those who have been dealing with wine for more than five years to be on the safe side.

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San Benedetto Del Tronto Italy

Most people like to go on holidays to places they have never visited before because it's exciting to explore unknown sights. There are thousands of popular destinations in the world, but not everyone is the same and there are people who prefer going to less popular places that are still worth visiting.

If you are one of those, you might be interested in visiting San Benedetto Del Tronto Italy, a charming little town in the Italian region of Ascoli Piceno where you can spend some relaxing days visiting some really nice places without having to worry about thousands of tourists getting in the way.

For starters, you could start your visit to San Benedetto Del Tronto Italy from the bay-side which is known as the Riviera delle Palme because you will find many palm-trees there. Along the way you will come across ten different parks worth checking out all of them filled with exotic plants and flowers.

Also along the bay-side, you will find the MAM (Museo d'Arte sul Mare), an open-air museum where you will come across the 'Il Gabbiano Jonathan Livingstone', a monument designed by Mario Lupo. In this free museum you will also have the opportunity of seeing over 130 beautiful sculptures by Italian artists.

And if you are into traditions, during your stay in San Benedetto Del Tronto Italy you can't miss the chance to visit the Mercato Ittico next to the port where you will see fishermen coming back from the sea and where you will be able to buy the best and freshest fish in the whole area.

But in this charming little city you will also have the opportunity to try out some of those world famous Italian dishes everyone talks about. Along the bay-side, you will find dozens of different restaurants where you will be served some delicious plates for very affordable prices.

The most popular dishes in this city all include fish and among them there is the frittura di paranza (fried fish), alici marinate (marinated anchovies) and the most popular of them all, the brodetto alla sambenedettese (a fish soup that is absolutely delicious).

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Marche Region Food

Everybody knows that Italy is famous in the whole world for being a country filled with historic places, beautiful cities, amazing art and extremely friendly people. But also, Italy is known for its exquisite cuisine which is one of the most loved ones.

If you love food more than anything and would like to visit an interesting place where, apart from visiting exciting sights, you will also have the opportunity to try some of the best dishes, you must absolutely go to Marche, a region in Italy.

Among the most popular Marche region food you can find the "olive ascolane" which are some delicious handmade olives filled with meat and cheese that are also dipped in egg to then be fried until they turn brown. This is one of the most popular snacks in the region and they are present in most big events.

Another popular Marche region food you must try during your stay in the area is the Ciauscolo which is a smoky pork sausage. For it to achieve the amazing taste it has, those who cook it do it in a pan adding fennel, garlic and vino cotto. Many people have bits of it on toast but also add it to vegetable soups to make them tastier.

Everybody has, at least once, tried lasagna, which is one of the most popular and loved traditional Italian dishes. In Marche they do their very own version called vincisgrassi with twelve layers of pasta sheets and some veal ragu, bits of chicken liver, wild mushrooms and some béchamel sauce.

Make sure that during your stay in Marche you go close to the coast because in any restaurant you will find there you will have the chance of trying the brodetto all'anconetana, a fish soup cooked with tomato and thirteen different types of fish and shellfish which give it an extremely original and delicious taste.

And another Marche region food you will have to try during your stay is crema fritta which is nothing more than fried cream that is usually served along with other fried foods such as zucchini, onions and olive ascolane. And while trying all these exquisite fried foods, ask for a bottle of Vernaccia, the best wine of the region to go along with your meal.

Photo credit: Dave Collier

lunedì 28 dicembre 2015

Piazza Del Popolo Ascoli Piceno

La Piazza del Popolo di Ascoli Piceno è il cuore della città marchigiana. Essa si trova circondata da alcuni degli edifici più importanti e significativi del comune, tra cui la Chiesa di San Francesco, ed è carica di un valore artistico e culturale impossibile da quantificare.

Si tratta infatti di un piccolo prezioso gioiello che non potrai non visitare se giungerai in questa città così affascinante!

Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno è una piazza in stile rinascimentale, che deve il suo nome al Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Si tratta di un luogo molto armonioso, piacevole da osservare ma anche perfetto per passeggiare, molto apprezzato dagli abitanti del comune ma anche dai turisti che vi giungono in visita. Si tratta di una sorta di salotto cittadino, dove gli ascolani amano riunirsi per poter chiacchierare e stare insieme.

La piazza assunse la configurazione che ha adesso nel Cinquecento e fu sistemata tramite una spesa di tipo pubblico. Fu costruito attorno ad essa un colonnato e nei suoi pressi fu data la possibilità ai commercianti dell'epoca di costruire dei loro fabbricati, rispettando però alcune regole ferree e valide per tutti, in modo da mantenere un aspetto armonico a livello estetico.

Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno è a forma di rettangolo e si apre all'incrocio tra corso Giuseppe Mazzini e via del Trivio, due delle strade principali della città. Nei suoi pressi si trova lo storico Caffè Meletti oltre che la chiesa di San Francesco sopra citata. Il perimetro del luogo è circondato da palazzi in stile rinascimentale dotati di portici e logge.

Un altro dettaglio affascinante di questo luogo è la sua pavimentazione, fatta con lastre di levigato travertino (materiale utilizzato in parte anche per la costruzione della vicina Chiesa), che dà a tutta la piazza un effetto di chiarore e luminosità mentre quando piove sembra trasformarsi un un enorme specchio.

Una piccola curiosità: grazie al suo fascino ed alla sua bellezza pochi decenni fa questa piazza così meravigliosa e piena di vita è stata utilizzata come immagine su alcuni francobolli che raffiguravano le principali piazze italiane ed è stata anche la cornice perfetta di alcune campagne pubblicitarie.

Insomma la Piazza del Popolo di Ascoli raccoglie la cultura di secoli e sarà un piacere per te attraversarla e poterla osservare da vicino.

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