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Snooth User: panoskakaviatos

Soave: then and now

Posted by panoskakaviatos, May 23, 2013.

Soave has had a reputation for producing boring wines. I love the 1970s for rock music, television shows (Three’s Company, Kojak, Fantasy Island among others), soft focus lenses, lava lamps and much more. James Bond was less an action figure and a far better wit. And I had a great childhood. But the 1970s were not exactly a golden age for wine. As visually appealing as this 1970s era Soave Bolla commercial may be, it also reflects barely average (and slightly cheesy) wine…

But a visit to Soave in mid May, mainly at the producer Coffele, shows that quality is up and cliché is down… You can read my full report on Soave HERE. Not that I loved every wine I tried, but I did come away with a feeling of being generally impressed with the quality. It helped to spend time with friends, and to eat homemade Risotto and asparagus and a heavenly torta di rosa, but I bought several bottles which I will try again in a more "neutral" setting (it is true that some wines taste better on location).


Reply by JonDerry, May 23, 2013.

Good stuff, not many critics making an effort to covering these wines.

Reply by Welkja, May 23, 2013.

I agree- it is nice to here about grape varieties that are not in the mainstream. Thanks for the article.

Reply by panoskakaviatos, May 23, 2013.

Thanks for reading (and viewing). It was a really fun visit. I want to re-taste these wines, but the problem is that the terribly cold cloudy weather here has given me a cold, and my nose is all stuffed up. 

Here's to sipping a rose in the sun. Somewhere. 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 29, 2013.

Absolutely, I had a great visit there a couple of years back, with a few notes about the region and the wines. 

They remain somehow under the radar though, so it's nice to see them garnering some new attention. 

Reply by zufrieden, May 29, 2013.

Soave is (perhaps fortunately for us if not for the producers, being "off the radar" so to speak) a bargain if chosen with a little care.  I know that some of you out there love this wine for its nuanced flavors and scent.  Garganega is the main ingredient, but other grapes such as the foreign interloper Chardonnay have been added in recent years (inter alia).  Pieropan is my personal favorite, and the various quality levels offered by this producer are anything but boring and that goes for a number of other producers I could name but won't.

I admit to enjoying  Soave of no particular pedigree back in the 19... somethings when I was a student. This wine deserves discussion; it has character and is tied to a very interesting part of the Italian peninsula.

Reply by jnpinjax2, Jun 21, 2014.

where can one purchase Soave Bolla in the Pensacola,
FL area?


Reply by JonDerry, Jun 21, 2014.

Tons of availability in Florida, but didn't notice Pensacola. Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Miami, Sarasota. If there's a Total Wine they seem to carry it.

Love Soave's

Reply by dmcker, Jun 21, 2014.

Started drinking Soaves at the beginning of the '80s. Around the time of those 'Rico Soave'  commercials Panos sends us to above. Easily damaged by shipping, when healthy so refreshing.

Soaves had a relatively higher profile back then. The locals seem not to have kept up with the marketing bandwagon that other regions of Italy climbed onto.

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