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Snooth User: bropaul

Nice Falanghina

Posted by bropaul, May 19, 2010.

Last night I enjoyed a very nice 2008 Cantina del Taburno Falanghina. It was exactly what I enjoy about young Italian whites - it was crisp, lightly floral and with the barest hint of effervesence. I don't know anything about Falanghina though, and my reference books were not much help. Friends have this wine imported from his home town in Italy and gave me this bottle  to try. I really liked it. I'd love to hear more about this varietal. They also gave me a bottle of Greco del Tufo from the same producer. Now I can't wait to try that.

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Reply by dmcker, May 19, 2010.

Both Greco di Tufo and Falanghina are refreshingly lovely, dry, acidic whites (and yes for the Falanghina's effervesence) that go oh so well with all that seafood from the Tyrrhenian Sea. First had them decades ago during a summer in Positano and Amalfi both on their own with seafood pasta, pizzae and fritto misto, and in a white sangria-like concoction with halves of peeled fresh peaches steeping in the carafe. Wonderful way to get through a hot summer afternoon or early evening.

Which part of Campania is your friend from? You should ask if you can't help him purchase larger lots of the wine, since it's hard to find many sources for the wine in North America (or Japan where I am now)... ;-)

 

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Reply by Peppino, May 19, 2010.

I'm a big fan of Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Fiano d'Avellino for the reasons you've both mentioned.  I've been fortunate enough to have visited the region several times as I have a lot of family there.  Unfortunately, many of the small producers I get to taste when I'm there aren't available in the US but the larger producers are.

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Reply by bropaul, May 21, 2010.

My friend is from the Beneventano. I forget the exact name of the village.

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Reply by dmcker, May 21, 2010.

A very picturesque area, with far fewer tourists than down on the coast. Known for good Falanghina, too, though you obviously know that. ;-)  I seem to remember from school days that Beneventum was renamed from Maleventum, which was supposedly founded after the Trojan war. The old Romans tried to improve the fortune of the community by improving the name (especially important because it was a big market town at the time). PR work hasn't changed much in a couple of millenia...

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Reply by bropaul, May 22, 2010.

I looked at the bottle of Greco, but couldn't find the name of the town. I went on the website and the town is called Foglianise.

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Reply by aldino76, Jun 24, 2010.

not confuse! the grape is grown primarily around Tufo, a small small town in the province of Avellino, very close to Benevento. I was in Tufo last year just to purchase some bottle from grape growers, I know they ship Greco worldwide..


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