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Friuli-Venezia Giulia is located in the northeast corner of Italy, bordering Austria and Slovenia.  The Julian Alps, named for Julius Caesar, preside over the northern landscape, while the south is comprised of villages and towns leading to the Gulf of Trieste. Being as close as it is to the country’s border, it’s historically been a veritable magnet for invasions, by everyone from Attila the Hun to Napoleon. In the 18th century, Charles of Hapsburg opened up Trieste and Fiume as “free trade” ports. But this only served to give Austria access to the Meditterranean and make these trade hubs very prosperous while the rest of the region was steeped in poverty. But after World War II, areas rich in agricultural traditions were able to benefit from the rise in modern industry and the region as a whole rose from its downtrodden past. 
 
The Alps and Adriatic sea are the region’s great climate moderators. Mountainous DOCS to the north and east benefit Read more »

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  • Friulano

    Blanc doux, Cinquien, Istarski Tokay, Malaga, Mosler, Sauvignon de la Correze, Sauvignon gros, Sauvignon à gros grain...

  • Sauvignon

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Traminer Sant'Elena Venezia Giulia IGT 2009

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    Really interest Italian white made from the traminer grape. Floral nose and palate with really crisp acidity, honeysuckle and flint with a really nice finish. Kind of reminds me of a good chablis with a few rose petals thrown in. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jermann Dreams 2009

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    Not sure what to expect. Delighted by this Chardonnay/ White Burgundy. More Montrachet than Meursault. Full mouth feel. The only Rhone style Chard/Burg I have ever tasted. Thanks Jermann and Nice to meet you."Where the Dreams have no end." Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Conte Priola Pinot Grigio 2007

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    2012 vintage Read More

    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Ronco del Gnemiz Merlot Colli Orientali del Friuli Sol 2011

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    [From "Merlot" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 24 August 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Bastianich Tocai Friulano 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lynnjp


  • Conti Formentini Pinot Grigio Collio 2011

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    2011 Conti Formentini Pinot Grigio Collio IT 13.5% $18 Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Conti Formentini Pinot Grigio Collio 2011

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    Earthy and umami on the nose with scent of pine nuts and prosciutto fat lurking within the core of rather sweet apple and pear fruit. Theres decent acid here and yet this comes off as a bit shapeless in the mouth. Showing classic pear and stone fruit flavors, this lacks much complexity and while it is rich and pleasant it really doesnt offer muc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kris Pinot Noir Venezie IGT 2011

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    Sweet and candied on the nose this reminds me of fruit loops cereal, full of orange, cherry and lime aromas. Soft, round and easy to like this offers up a rather anonymous mouthful of chalky red berry fruit with faint herbal accent notes. For a small scaled wine there are some rather obvious tannins here that quickly take control of the modest f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Conti Formentini Friulano Collio 2011

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    Finely floral on the nose with a gentle underlay of grassy, herbal tones, a hint of spice and some peach and lemon aromas. Somewhat rich on entry, this quickly gains focus in the mouth as it delivers fairly straightforward flavors of minty toned melon with a touch of a honied quality. Rather large scaled and rich in the mouth, this ends with so... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2011

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    A pale straw yellow color. Clean, crisp fragrance with intense yet elegant hints of quince, green apples, and refreshing citrus fruits. The palette has fresh, harmonious fruit set off by slight sweetness with a long finish full of delicate, tangy flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau


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