Today it’s worth a lot of money to be able to label a product ‘organic’.
In Europe, as well as in America, supermarkets are full of trendy products labeled ‘organic’, ‘green’, ‘natural’, or ‘bio’.
Truly organic green peas.
Dimension is so important when you deal with food and wine, it tells you a lot about the quality of products.
To really understand if the product you have is truly organic, you need to know the producer, meet them, go and see the dimension of the farm, where those organic products are grown.
My friend Alberto has a farm with lots of fields in the Tuscan country side. He has a small company called “Agricola le Macchie” to sell his products, however he doesn’t have the government approved label ‘bio’, only his own, hand-made label.
Alberto and his donkey
His farm is managed by people, not machines.
The sea of Rosignano from Le Macchie.
The sky above the mediterranean maquis between Pisa, the Tirrenic sea side and Maremma.
I recently went to visit him to buy some honey. He takes good care of his bees, and in turn, they help him produce a wide variety of products, like candles and soap. He also sells other products like chick peas, wheat and all kinds of vegetables.
Le Macchie natural wine, honey, candles and soap.
He has a free roaming pet male-turkey named Eusebio. All day Eusebio runs around the garden protecting the other female turkey, Amaltea, who is his girlfriend. They roam around the farm all day and seem quite happy. This environment is far from industrial.
Eusebio and Amaltea have been in love for many years.
— Francesco Martino (@MartinoFirenze) February 28, 2016
We recommend organic wine
Alberto proudly produces wine. His vineyard is made up of several autoctonous grapes, and he strictly does not add any yeast or other chemicals during the wine making process.
To make the wine, he follows the lunar cycles, and the wind to help the bees pollinate his grapes.
This wine is fruity and flowery and has a pretty intense smell of violets and lilies.
You can really taste fresh fruits like peaches, blueberries and raspberries. The aftertaste is slightly sugary, but never sickly.
It’s also mineral and not very tannic. It’s not very persistent, but on the other hand, it’s very digestible and light.
I would definitely recommend it for a healthy Sunday brunch or for a cool aperitivo with fresh vegetables.
Organic quinoa salad.
Quinoa salad with chick peas, green peas, carrots, fava beans and kale from Tuscany. A great pair for this wine.
Barley salad and organic wine, all from Alberto’s farm.
Chick pea sauce with pan seared scallops, another great pair for Alberto’s red wine.
Chick peas artichokes and kale.
Alberto also produces a special wine only for his close friends, made out of honey. He ferments the honey to make this 6/7% alc. hydromel.
It’s an amazing aperitivo, fresh, extra-acidic and mineral. The aftertaste of honey it’s an intense experience, and paired with some buffalo mozzarella, it will blow your mind.
But first thing, you need to convince Alberto to give you a bottle!
Alberto and Francesco at Le Macchie.
Check out all Alberto’s products on his company website.