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2011 Saladini Pilastri, Pecorino, Offida, Marche, Italy Grapes: 100 percent pecorino. Fresh and clean, with notes of candied fruit, almond, honeysuckle, and fines herbes. A touch of cream on the palate leads into a bright, enduring finish. How much: $12.99. Where to buy: Widely available.
Posted: Thursday January 10, 2013
By Joe Iurato of The Record

Italy's Marche and Abruzzo regions are neighbors. They share the same soil, some of the same grapes, and the same tiny, often-overlooked shelf in the store. Abruzzo does have an edge in popularity, though. Take Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. This crisp, quaffable white made primarily from the widely planted trebbiano grape has a much greater presence here than, say, Marche's pecorino, a low-yielding grape most notably grown in Marche's high altitude Offida DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata). It produces a wonderfully fragrant white, that's a rarity in retail stores, except for the Saladini Pilastri described below.

As for reds, maybe you've heard of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo...

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