Italian White Wines Worth Tasting

7 different varieties to try for spring


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Finding crisp white wines can be a challenge when you venture to places as warm and toasty as Puglia, the heel of Italy. Relying on varieties that have had centuries to adapt to these sorts of surroundings can give you an advantage.

Verdeca is one such variety, emerging from obscurity with some really compelling examples. Traditionally used in the production of Vermouth which benefited from the bright acidity, Verdeca retains even in warm climates. When cropped for volume, Verdeca can turn in some insipid performances. When yields are reduced, the grape is capable of greatness, producing aromatic wines that are packed with ripe citrus flavors and accented with lovely herbal notes. These are high acid, flavorful wines that might be the perfect compliment to a nice frutti de mare or ceviche!

Recently tasted:

2010 Li Veli Askos Verdeca 13% 91pts

2009 Leone de Castris Messapia Verdeca 12.5% 83pts


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  • Snooth User: hnachaj
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    Lugana is a nice alternative. I spent a whole week at Lago di Garda in Sermione at the Ollive which is just behind Maria Carlas house. Lugana is mostly unknown and thus very inexpensive.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

  • What about Falanghina - a lovely summer wine.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

  • Snooth User: hnachaj
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    Not sure about Falanghina? Which area?

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

  • What about Arneis? Roero Arneis produced by some of the best Piemontese vintners.
    Grillo - from Sicily
    Falanghina - is from Campagnia, which is the province where Naples is located

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

  • Snooth User: barabas
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    Where are the great wines from Friuli ??????

    Apr 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

  • Snooth User: hnachaj
    740601 8

    I don't care for much of the Southern stuff. But, Friuli and Alto Adagi have both some real nice stuff!

    Apr 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

  • hnachaj - you're probably not familiar with Falanghina because you're not fond of wines from Southern's from Campania.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

  • Snooth User: teddz
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    Last time I dined in Italy with work colleagues, Falanghina seemed to be a pretty popular accompaniment to fish dishes (this was in eastern Emilia Romagna). Nice thing about the Campania (and Apulia) wines is that some winemakers actually allow the grapes to ripen enough to express some varietal character. Unfortunately some of them are over the hill by the time they get over here. As for Arneis, Vermentino, all the varietals from Alto Adige and Friuli, and we might as well add in Grillo from Sicily and a few others, well, they may all be unique grapes, but they all are vinified to a similar style, of light, crisp things the locals toss back during passegiata, with nary a thought ... Well, OK, they might at least comment on a bad one ...

    Apr 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    Carricante it' s a serius grape to make wines you will find it on north side of etna vulcano, about falanghina it is located in between 3 region campania, molise and puglia maybe, but gives its best , in my opinion, near roccamonfina. In this place there is a vulcano that is not active anymore so you have a wine that is more mineral and deep....

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:15 AM

  • Snooth User: jnwall
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    Well worth looking into Est Est Est di Montefiascone, a very drinkable white wine we enjoyed the last time we were in Rome. It seems to be from an area of Italy just north of Rome.

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

  • Snooth User: teddz
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    Luca, if carricante is the grape used in the Etna Bianco we can occasionally find in the US, then I agree this is a wine with some nice character and flavor.

    Apr 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

  • In south east texas, Italian vermentino at a moderate price is not readily available, i.e., less than $10. I did bite the bullet and purchase a more expensive italian iteration to set a baseline. Following that experience, I located a Texas vintners who working wonders with this grape. I'll not name names but, a little search time will produce an answer.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

  • I am far from an expert in wines. But I know what I like. Last year I was in Italy and I has some excellent wine from Castello del Trebbio. I have 2 questions: 1. Has anyone ever experienced the wines from Castello del Trebbio and if so how can purchase this product?

    Sep 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

  • Thats astounding...

    Nov 07, 2013 at 4:21 AM

  • Outstanding...!!

    Dec 12, 2013 at 12:54 AM

  • Cool...!!

    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

  • Cool

    Dec 21, 2013 at 2:17 AM

  • Stunning...!!

    Feb 01, 2014 at 1:33 AM

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