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All you need to know about Passerina: the wine, the grape variety and the characteristics of the queen of the Marche

Passerina wine guide, grape variety, organoleptic characteristics white wine One of the most popular and appreciated white wines in the whole Adriatic area is Passerina, an ancient grape variety from which you get a very fresh wine. Not very structured, but fragrant, defined by delicious floral and fruity suggestions. Don’t expect a strong, decisive, dense wine like Verdicchio or Pecorino, rather a harmonious and graceful symphony. When it comes to Passerina, the watchword is elegance.

The main production areas are Le Marche and Abruzzo, where the influence of the sea adds further saltiness and pleasantness. Until a few years ago, before the reborn of autochthonous vines, Passerina was used as a blending grape to add elegance, however, today many vintners produce varietal Passerina to enhance its strong aromatic qualities.

The history of the Passerina grape

Thanks to the promiscuity of the vines in the same vineyard and the abundant yield, Passerina has been confused with Trebbiano for years and has been given the name Pagadebit (pay debt), thanks to its ability to make farmers collect cash with very generous harvests. Today it is the subject of great attention and it got the DOCG in the Marche with the Offida Passerina DOCG, then the DOC Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and in Abruzzo we have the DOC Controguerra Passerina.

The thousand faces of Passerina

Passerina is a ductile wine and thanks to experiments and courage we find it still with fragrant and sharp wines. Or sparkling to enhance its acidity and aromas, adding the charm of yeasts. And lastly, we recommend trying Passerina passito (late harvest) a delicious sweet wine.

The latter is certainly the most fascinating, a very rich and opulent dessert wine, full of ripe suggestions, caramelized and candied citrus fruits which are counterbalanced by freshness, salty echoes, and a spicy touch. Let’s say that it has nothing to envy to Malvasia passito.

The bouquet of Passerina wine

Recognizing Passerina wine is quite simple: its main aromas are apricot, peach, pear, then hints of honey, white flowers, thyme, sage, broom, citrus fruits. Everything is precise and intense: it is a wine with a clear aromatic predominance but declined with delicacy.

What does Passerina wine taste like?

On the palate, it is fresh, delicate, not too structured, never rude, with a mineral finish where blossom almonds and flowers. Persistence is good, but it is not an aging wine, so do not expect very concentrated or buttery wines.

Passerina food pairings

Passerina wine pairings with food, orecchiette with broccoli Excellent acidity, discreet flavor, liveliness, light and agile body, and great aromas. All characteristics that make this wine an excellent ally of fish. On the other hand, we are always in the Marche region, how could it be otherwise? Pair the Passerina with carbonara; paccheri stuffed with swordfish, pine nuts, and raisins; tagliolini with squid; marinara risotto; rice and bisi; paella.

It will not be the noblest or most complex of wines, but it is a very pleasant wine, perfect as an aperitif, for finger food or as a wine suitable for any informal occasion: uncork a well-frozen bottle of Passerina and serve it with seafood and you will love it!

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