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White Wine  »  Italian White Wine

Italy’s wine growing history stretches back further than that of France and was awakened by the Greeks, as evidenced by the name of some of the country’s most ancient grape varieties: Greco and Grechetto. 

Italy produces pretty much the same quantity of wine each year as France (i.e. they are 1st= in the volume stakes), sometimes more, sometimes less, dependant on vintage. Yet subject Italian wine is a much more complicated thing than its French equivalent, at least partially because of the Italian government’s confused attitude to the industry’s governing laws (especially since WWII) and also in part due to Italian wine producers’ propensity for making the wines they want to make, rather then the wine the law stipulates.

What we are left with is a vibrant, increasingly forward-looking country that, yes, is highly frustrating to the consumer wanting to expand his or her knowledge, but one that is also ultimately hugely rewarding. Here are produced some of the world’s greatest red wines (the Baroli and Barbaresci of Piemonte), some true classics in the form of the Brunellos and Chiantis of Tuscany (as well as the less well-known wines of the south (e.g. Taurasi; Aglianico del Vulture), plus truly great modern styles represented by those wines that used to be referred to as vini da tavola in Tuscany.

As for the whites, well, in a nutshell they have long been seen as Italy’s Achilles heel. Even the most died-in-the-wool “reddist” would admit that Friuli, near the border with Slovenia, produces excellent white wines. But everything else was seen as filler. Not so now! I am tasting a great many fascinating and characterful white wines from, yes, Friuli, but also from every region to its west and south, as far as Sardinia and Sicily in the south. There is much to enjoy: thrilling indigenous varieties carefully made from old vineyards.

I urge you to explore. The treasures are awaiting your attention!

 

White Wine  »  Italian White Wine
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2015 Zibbibo Vitese
Wine Variety: NB. Zibbibo is a synonym for Muscat of Alexandria. This …
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2015 Zibbibo Vitese

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Zibibbo
  Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Western Sicily
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Colomba Bianca
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Pork
  • Salads
 
2015 Cococciola
Wine Variety: Very little is known about this strangely-named white grape variet…
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2015 Cococciola

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Cococciola
  Style
Style:
Dry White - light
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Abruzzo
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cantina Frentana
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
10°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads
 
2012 Dropello Sangiovese Bianco
Wine Variety: The most widely-planted grape of Italy is also an ancient one…
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2012 Dropello Sangiovese Bianco

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Sangiovese
  Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
11.5%
Region
Region:
Tuscany
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Tenuta Fertuna
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Maremma
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2016
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables
 
2015 Pinot Grigio
Wine Variety: The origins of Pinot Gris are lost in the depths of time…
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2015 Pinot Grigio

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
  Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
Region
Region:
Alto Adige
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cantina Bolzano
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Salads
       
2013 Bianchello del Matauro DOC
Wine Variety: Is this or is this not the same variety as Trebbiano Toscano?…
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2013 Bianchello del Matauro DOC

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Bianchello/Biancame
  Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Marche
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Crespaia - Azienda Agricola Prelato
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
12°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Bianchello del Matauro
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables
 
2012 Vernaccia
Wine Variety: It is thought that the name of this grape has the same root a…
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2012 Vernaccia

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Vernaccia
  Style
Style:
Dry White - light
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Tuscany
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cesani
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Appellation
Appellation:
San Gimignano
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish
 
2014 Minutolo Rampone
Wine Variety: Minutolo had long been considered to be a close relation of F…
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2014 Minutolo Rampone

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Minutolo
  Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Puglia
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cantina I Pastini
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
10°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Valle d'Itria
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Pork
  • Salads
 
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