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Italian White Wine

Introduction


Italian white wine (or vino bianco) also enjoys a great reputation with wine lovers the world over, and, as with Italian reds, it’s produced throughout the country. Italian white wines come in varieties that run from sparkling and sweet to smooth and fruity to crisp and dry. Let’s take a look and some of Italy’s best white wine varietals.

Common whites

Asti

Sparkling wine made from Moscato grapes around Asti, in Piedmont. Deliciously sweet, low in alcohol, with pronounced fruity and floral flavors. Usually non-vintage, but freshness and youth are essential to its quality.

Pinot Grigio

Generally light-bodied, dry, and crisp, with subdued aromas and flavors and no oakiness. Made from Pinot Gris grapes, usually in Northeastern Italy. Wines from Collio or Alto-Adige DOCs (controlled origin denomination) are usually the best.

Soave

From the Soave zone in the Veneto region, made mainly from Garganega grapes. Generally dry, crisp, un-oaked, and light- or medium-bodied, with subdued flavors of pear, apple, or peach.

Prosecco

Sparkling Prosecco is Italy’s answer to champagne. It’s typically made from Glera grapes, but other varieties are often mixed in to give it flavors of apricot, peach, and pear.

Recommendation


It’s no secret the 88 Lounge offers some very interesting Italian Red Wines. Be sure to drop by when you have the chance!

BANFI CHIANTI – TUSCANY

FALESCO TELLUS – UMBRIA

PRIMITIVO SASSEO – PUGLIA

M LIMITED – PUGLIA

CARPINETO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO RISERVA – VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO DOCG

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