Posted July 19, 2008 in Wine, Wine Everywhere
The recent article in Wine Spectator has brought quite a few requests for Italian whites. Of course the white wine most often seen and consumed from Italy is the rather uninspiring Santa Margharita. With so many other obvious gems, there is no reason to waste time on such overpriced, uninspired wine. Here are a few suggestions for great summer whites from Italy-
Vie di Romans “Ciampagnis Vieris” Chardonnay- an unoaked gem from Fruili. They leave the wine on the lees for 2 years to develop a creamy, yet crisp Chardonnay. Our Chicago location is currently pouring the 1998. Yes, the 1998! Most guests cannot believe it is unoaked. They also do an oaked version. It is left in oak for an extended period so the oak actually fades to the background and plays a supporting role instead of dominating the taste.
Pojer & Sandri Sauvignon Blanc- Unique because it also can age well. It develops a nice nuttiness after a few years.
Radikon “Oslavje”- The ultimate in unusual wine and not for the faint of heart. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is a stunner. Be ready for the unusual because it is unfined, unfiltered, and uses no sulfur to preserve it. It is cloudy and dominated by a cider and apple/orange juice aroma and flavor. Did I mention it also comes in a 500 ml bottle? As I said, it is not for anyone looking for a buttery California Chardonnay. Try pairing it with crab cakes for a unique and perfect pairing.
Elena Walch Gewurztraminer- A bone dry Gewurztraminer from Varner Walch. Crips minerals match the exotic nose of the wine. Perfect for the patio or with creamy cheeses.
Italian whites are found in a wide range of prices and unusual grape varieties. Step beyond the pinot grigio and chardonnay to experience some truly passionate winemaking.