Branching Out With Italian White Wine

Try these lesser-known (but outstanding) varietals to move beyond the norm...

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Bored with pinot grigio? Try these Italian white wines instead

I don’t want to be too rude about pinot grigio. The best ones (usually from Italy’s northern regions of Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige) have some character – green apples, pears, a citrus streak.

The rest are, if not actually bad, just drearily dilute. Cheap pinot grigio has to be Italy’s blandest wine. There are far more exciting Italian whites.

Take falanghina, grown in Campania in the south. With its peach and yellow-plum fruit and aniseed hints, this is another dry, usually unoaked wine, but far more noteworthy. It’s food-friendly too – think creamy pasta sauces and lightly smoked fish.

Then there’s pecorino, named after the sheep that graze in the eastern Marche vineyards, which is having a bit of a moment. Its crisp white-pepper and lemon zest looks set to refresh us plenty over the summer. Read more at The Telegraph…

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