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  • Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC


    colli orientaliThese Italian wines are made north of Udine. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay will quickly be encountered among the white wines. These are pleasant wines but not especially exciting. They make a fine aperitif or for drinking with fish and the same is true to a lesser extent of the widely available Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling Renano. These fresh and fruity Italian wines, with a hint of spice in the case of the Pinot Grigio, are better with a meal than as aperitif.

    The Traminer Aromatico is very aromatic, extremely sensual, slightly harsh, and full bodied. This Italian wine is not suitable for drinking with fish, better with poultry, pork, or veal. The earlier wines are drunk at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C), the later ones at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia


    Friuli-Venezia Giulia Italian Wines

    Colli Orientali Friuli LabelThe area is partially mountainous but the vineyards are concentrated in the green river valleys (Tagliamento and Isonzo) and on the sunny slopes. The climate is a favourable combination of mild maritime (the Adriatic) and harsh continental (the Alps). The soil is mainly scree carried in the last ice age. Just as in Alsace and certain other northern Italian wine areas, Priuli is used as a generic name followed by the dominant grape used in its production.


  • Valdadige DOC

       These are generic whites, roses, and reds and varietal wines made from one or more types of grape. The variety indicated on the label must account for no less than 85% of the wine. The ordinary Valdadige Bianco is permitted a wide variety of grapes including Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling Italico, Millier-Thurgau,

     Chardonnay, Bianchetta Trevigiana, Trebbiano Toscano, Nosiola, Vernaccia, and Garganega. No one example of Valdadige Bianco is representative. In general these are pale golden yellow, pleasingly fresh, fragrant, but not all dry for some examples may contain sugar residues. Drink at 46.4-53.6°F (8- 12°C) depending on the style.

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    There are also countless variations with the ordinary Valdadige Rosso. The choice of grape is from three varieties of Schiava, Lambrusco, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Lagrein, Teroldego, or Negrara. Depending on the style and type of wine Valdadige Rosso can vary from light red to the deepest dark red. The bouquet is reminiscent of fresh grapes and herbs and is always a delight. The wines are not all dry and you may find some slightly sweeter examples among them. Drink at 53.6- 60.8°F (12- 16°C) depending type.

    The Rosatos are made with the same choice of grapes as the Rosso and the colour varies widely. The nose and taste are fresh and fruity with a hint of old-fashioned pear drops that can be accompanied with a slight sweetness. This is a surprisingly delicious wine without pretensions. Drink at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

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    The other varietal wines, usually made from a single grape, are characteristic of the grape and terroir from which they originate. Generally these whites are a light golden yellow colour and fresh, juicy, and can be slightly sweet with Pinot Grigio examples. Drink at 46.4-50°F (8-10°C) for Pinot Bianco 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) in the case of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.

     The reds are made with one of three varieties of Schiava grapes (Gentile, Rossa, and Grigia), which may be supplemented with other non-aromatic grapes. This wine is ruby to granite red, slightly aromatic, freshly tart yet mellow and may also be slightly sweet. Drink at 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C).

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