Italians Know This Light, Crisp Wine and You Should, Too

While most of us might think of Pinot Grigio this summer, Italian wine drinkers turn to Soave. Fred Tasker of the Miami Herald explains why.

This article, written by Fred Tasker, appears in the Miami Herald.

U.S. wine drinkers should get familiar with Italian soave.

To most Americans, Italy’s best-known white wine probably is pinot grigio, the light, crisp, mineral-scented wine we find reasonably priced on restaurant wine lists.

To Italians, a better-known local white wine is soave, also light and crisp, maybe a little fruitier than pinot grigio.

Soave wines must be at least 70 percent of the Italian grape garganega. Also permitted are trebbiano di soave and chardonnay. The resulting wine can have scents of wild flowers and bright flavors of ripe citrus, pears and peaches, with a refreshing bitter almond finish. It’s a light wine, often with only 11.5 percent alcohol, compared to the 13 to 14 percent of many big California chardonnays.

“Part of soave’s popularity is its versatility.”

Part of soave’s popularity is its versatility. Read more at Miami Herald.



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