Friuli Venezia Giulia
Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio $13.00
Within a sunny microclimate created by the Austrian Alps and the Adriatic Sea, you'll find Collio in Friuli. This are crafts delicious, high acid wines, like this Pinot Grigio. High toned citrus notes of lemon zest, lime, with amazing minerality and aromas of white flowers, you can almost feel the mountain breeze if you close your eyes. Bright, mouthwatering acidity to refresh your palate. Pairs well with life.
Astoria Alisia $14.00
Down in the plains of Venezia the grapes gets fuller and riper than up in the Alps resulting in a softer and slightly sweeter version of the classic Pinot Grigio. Nice citrus flavors play against the soft pear fruit. A great deal and easier drinking than the "Margarita" and at a much better price. Plus you know you want the bottle when itís empty as well!
Gran Passione White $14.00
Mostly rich and supple Chardonnay with 20% Garganega (Soave) blended in for lively acid balance. Bright pear, pineapple and lemon peel flavors that finish clean. Shows a solid mineral backbone and round body while being smooth but lively as well. Made for light meats and seafood. Such a fun little wine!
Tomasella Cabernet Franc $14.00
A delicious Italian take on Cab Franc with earthy flavors of plum and pepper. No oak gets in the way, just lovely pure fruit. An every day drinker that goes with about anything.
Tomasella Merlot $14.00
vigna del lauro $17.00
When Cabernet Franc is brought up, we typically think Loire or Bordeaux. Well, here is a shining example from the northern Italian region of Friuli. Similar to the French, this wine shows delicious, savory earthiness, forest floor and robust red fruits. Lengthy finish and refreshing acidity.
Tomasella Merlot $20.00
Paul Giamatti got Merlot all wrong, and it especially shows in this fresh beauty from Fiuli, Italy overlooking the Dolomite Mountains. Rhubarb, mocha, and plum skin on the nose with some clay on the back end. Lovely and clean red cherry and chocolate notes on the palate with a medium body.
Ronc Di Vico Friulano $21.00
After being planted in marl (clay's lime-rich mud), this cool Titut Blanc underwent a soft press of the grapes. The Ronc di Vico family tends to their small vineyards and strictly selects every grape. Aged on its yeast for 8 months, this wine has a medium body with notes of nuttiness, chamomile, and stone fruits. To be paired with white fish and crustaceans.
Jermann Pinot Grigio $26.00
There is a quiet corner of Italy near the Slovenian border where amazing food and wine is crafted. I was so ready to write this off as waaay overpriced pinot grigio. But wow, the depth of character here is remarkable. Gorgeous minerality, round but bracing acidity with flavors of honey dew, key lime, and white mountain wild flowers. More heft than the high altitude versions but so complex among the sea of plain over produced ones everywhere.