Italy – Garofoli
To me it looks like the calf muscle in the boot of Italy, but however you describe the Marches you will agree that it is one of Italy’s most underrated regions. Its beauty, its food and of course its wine all deserve your attention. While being very much its own entity, the Marches is also a microcosm of everything Italy has to offer. The two wines that have made the region famous are also the wines of Garofoli. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC is a low yielding crisp white varietal unique to this region. Rosso Conero comes from a small outcrop of land that quickly plummets into the sea. Here they produce a tiny amount of special red entirely from the Montepulciano grape. Never heard of either of them, have you? Now’s your chance to try something special, rare and undiscovered by the wine vultures. (For the purposes of this argument a “vulture” will be any non-Lifford customer.) Casa Vinicola Gioacchino Garofoli is one of the oldest estates in the Marches and has always been at the forefront of quality wine production here. That is easy to say, but the proof is easily found in the Gambero Rosso wine guides and in the bottle when you pull the cork.