We think any time of year is the season for Italian whites. And we don’t just mean Pinot Grigio, which frequently is the first that comes to mind. That is to say, these four Italian whites are lesser known, yet delicious. They come from the volcanic soils in Sicily, the high-altitude region of Marche, the peculiar soil composed of gritstone in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and finally the low mountain range and lowland crossed by rivers of Veneto. In other words, you might not have heard of all of them, but don’t let that stop you. These are good wines!
We became acquainted with San Felice wines last year, so we happily accepted these three standout Italian wines. 2020 Bell’Aja Bolgheri Superiore 2020; 2019 Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione; and 2018 Poggiorosso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are special-occasion wines from the historic estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico territory. As well, they all complement summer barbecues or winter roasts.
Consorzio Asti, established in 1932, protects and promotes the Italian sparklers from Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Asti Spumante DOCG. These are bubbles used for toasting around the world, and a pride of Italian viticulture and oenology. These sparkling wines come from Moscato Bianco grapes, a variety that grows in the green hills of Piedmont. The wines are slightly sweet and pair well with desserts. Or enjoy them on their own as an aperitivo or digestivo. Read on for details.
Oltrepò Pavese is 25 miles south of Milan and frequently called Tuscany of the North. It is the largest wine-producing area of Lombardy and one of the largest in Italy. Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese both promotes and protects this wine region. Thanks to Susannah Gold, founder of Vigneto Communications, for guiding us on the journey to learn more about these wines. As you can see in this photo of samples we received, the industry does not use a specific bottle size.