The Best Italian Wine Region You’ve Never Heard Of

Robert Draper of Smithsonian Magazine uncovers the secrets of the Friuli Region.

This article, written by Robert Draper, appears on

The world does not yet come to the Friuli region, and so much the better

My love affair began dubiously one night at a restaurant in Venice 19 years ago when, as Americans are wont to do, I reflexively ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The waiter returned with a bottle of his choosing and poured me a glass. Drinking it was like taking the first bite into a ripe golden apple, piercingly tart. I grabbed the bottle and studied the label as if it might contain the nuclear codes.


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