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Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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Talosa win A Tavola con il Nobile

The Talosa district have won the twelfth edition of the “A Tavola con il Nobile” cooking competition with their "Cinta Senese Pork Soup with Pici Pasta", accompanied with the Salcheto Vino Nobile 2011 and the Contucci "Pietra Rossa". The competition is run by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile together with the celebrated RAI television personality and journalist Bruno Gambacorta. Marisa Beligni's recipe racked up 386 points from a jury made up of Italian columnists and a delegation of American food and wine journalists (US Nobile ambassador Shawn Dore, Joe Garrigo, Maria Liberati and Judy Edelhoff). The excellent recipe earned the Talosa district its second consecutive victory. The Poggiolo district took second place for their "Cinta Senese Pork Natural Nobile Macaroni with Cugusi Gran Riserva Pecorino Cream" and the third place went to the Collazzi district with their "Natural Flour Macaroni with Party Sauce".

The first edition of the "A Tavola con il Nobile" competition took place 12 years ago, when the Consorzio del Vino Nobile and the RAI television journalist Bruno Gambacorta had the inspired idea of compiling traditional local recipes to be accompanied with the local Nobile di Montepulciano wine. In the 12 editions since then over 200 recipes have competed for the award. These recipes have been published in five volumes, while a sixth volume published to celebrate the tenth edition of the competition collected all the competing recipes up to 2012. The competition has become a great opportunity to promote Montepulciano: it has inspired over 700 written articles and impressive television coverage. Almost 180 journalists from all over the world have participated as jury members over the various editions, and their enthusiastic reports are followed by connoisseurs and wine lovers everywhere. "This twelfth edition has reaffirmed the competition's position as a key event in the Montepulciano calendar," Andrea Contucci, Vice-President of the Consorzio del Vino Nobile, said, "it reinforces the link between the traditional Bravìo delle Botti [the historic barrel race], the Vino Nobile and local cuisine. This connection embodies the spirit of the Sistema Montepulciano, a system in which our Consorzio plays an active role." The strength of the Consorzio's relationship with the Magistrato delle Contrade districts' association is testified to by the donation of new barrels for the Bravìo, which the Consorzio del Vino Nobile has specially commissioned for this year's 40th edition of the race.

 "What strikes me every year is the enthusiasm with which the districts prepare these elaborate dishes," Bruno Gambacorta, the President of the jury,said, "and how much research goes into each recipe. The excitement and competitive spirit now run almost as high as when the same districts face each other in the annual barrel race." The theme for this year's edition was a first course based on Cinta Senese DOP pork, from the descendants of the original Tuscan pigs. These pigs have been bred here since Etruscan times, and helped medieval people through times of pestilence and famine. The Palazzo Civico in Siena houses a celebrated 1340 fresco by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the "Allegory of Good Government", where the pig is represented by the Cinta Senese breed. The breed was at risk of extinction until a recovery project was set up to encourage farmers to raise them. Today, the pigs are reared in accordance with a strict set of criteria, guaranteeing the highest quality pork. The "A Tavola con il Nobile" Hall of Fame: Collazzi (twice), San Donato (twice), Voltaia (twice), Gracciano, Cagnano, Poggiolo and Talosa (twice). In 2012 the Collazzi and Coste districts came joint first.

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