There’s something life affirming about Verdicchio. It tends to come in a fun, curvaceous bottle, although as the wines get more serious the bottle often does too.
I had a 2006 Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico to go with some fusilli bucati with broccoli and tomatoes – a quick, cheap and happy meal.
The wine itself is dry with a crisp acidity. There’s a little blossom on the nose, and plenty of crisp lemon on the palate. The slightly bitter, lightly cherry-almond finish went well with dinner. 12% alcohol is perfect for midweek wine. It’s at its best served cold with simple food to hungry people.
This Verdicchio offers a flavour and characterful alternative to generic Californian or Australian wine-lake fayre, and just think of the food miles you’ll be saving.