Northeast Italy is the wine equivalent of a fashionable wardrobe filled with vintage and couture clothing. Thanks to the area’s vast array of grape varieties, you can pick and choose, dress up or dress down any combination of flavors, according to any budget. No wonder Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is heralded as the homeland of Italy’s best blended white wines.
Vie di Romans 2009 Flors di Uis (Friuli Isonzo). A gorgeous blend of Malvasia Istriana, Friulano and Riesling Renano, this wine opens with a bouquet of yellow flower, stone fruit and spice. The mouthfeel is generous and thick with long-lasting floral nuances spread over the finish. Vias Imports.
abv: 14.5% Price: $39
Lis Neris 2007 Lis (Venezia Giulia). This is a gorgeous blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Beautifully balanced aromas, including stone fruit and vanilla cream, are offset by a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lis Neris Estates.
abv: 14.5% Price: $37
Marco Cecchini 2009 Tovè (Colli Orientali del Friuli). This Italian blend of Friulano (90%) and Verduzzo opens with an off-gold color and thick aromas of ripe fruit, apricot, pineapple and candied fruit. T. Edward Wines Ltd.
abv: 13% Price: $13
Plozner 2010 Moscabianca Friulano (Venezia Giulia). Moscabianca (“white fly”) is a fresh white wine that would pair with sushi or grilled seafood. It’s tight and crisp with a touch of citrus sweetness on the finish. Vintners Estate Direct Importing. Best Buy.
abv: 12.5% Price: $11
Kirkland Signature 2010 Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave). You can’t beat this low price for a Pinot Grigio with natural freshness and pristine aromas of stone fruit and citrus. It tastes Italian made, and not like many of the commercial Grigios on the market today. Misa Imports. Best Buy.
abv: 12.5% Price: $7
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