Arneis

Common synonyms: Bianchetta, Bianchetta d'Alba, Bianchetta di Alba, Bianchetto, Bianchetto Albese, Bianchetto di Alba, Bianchetto di Verzuolo, Barolo Bianco, and Nebbiollo Bianco.

Parentage of the grape: Unknown. Planted for centuries in Piedmont.

History of the grape: The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting white grape in Piedmont, but for a long time, little white wine was actually made from it. Instead, it was traditionally used to soften the tannins of the red Nebbiolo (perhaps the real reason it’s nicknamed “Barolo Bianco”) or, worse, to keep the attention of vineyard pests such as birds away from the more profitable red grapes. It began to gain recognition in the 1980's when young, innovative winemakers began to explore its potentially. 

Unfortunately, the grape is traditionally considered to need to be drunk young, within 2-3 year, but new winemaking techniques Read more »

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  • Kabinett is reliably off-dry and a great value.  I was looking on the list ... ... I had a Brovia Roero Arneis, albeit at a wine bar, fairly recently that just floored me.  (Gotta drink more Arneis, and more Italian white generally.)  Lots of times it just makes sense to have a cocktail and a glass instead of a bottle, especially if the pour i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines by the Glass


  • Out for a nice dinner for my wife's birthday last night. They didn't have any bottles of Hungarian wine that were sweet or off dry (like my wife likes) so we went ahead and went by the glass instead. I'm glad I called the Somm over to discuss however, because I wasn't sure what red to go with...(lot of options!) and I was leaning toward the Beaj... Read More

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  • Okay, SIWBM bites the dust.  Bought a half case of Stonestreet's 2012 ... 2012 Fratelli Giacosa Roero Arneis at $10.  Second Arneis I've bought recently--I had a fantastic Arneis from Brovia while chatting with Clay Mauritson a few weeks ago, and wound up buying a bottle.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... ... clean, dry, complex Arneis from an excellent Piemontese producer such as Vietti or Damilano as a perfect substitute. Cacio e PepeGrated cheese and ground black pepper: it sounds simple. It is easy to make but difficult to master. We have enjoyed this pasta ... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One


  • Kotrotsos Erasmios Moschofilero 2013

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    Very pale yellow color. Fairly big floralcarnationand tropical fruit nose. On ... certain Italian white winesArneis might be the closest compariso Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So who's out there buying wine with the idea to post about it in this ... ... ... reminds me of an Italian Arneis,  Good, low-dollar summer win Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Tonight, .."86 Latour, 2012 Maestro Greco, 2012 Duckhorn Sauv Blanc, ... Pinot and 2012 Langhe Arneis Damilino. Thanks for sharin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his ... …  as well as arneis, greco, fruilano, fiano, ribolla, giallo, and, as many wine lovers will be aware, vermentino, which is being made in some quantity now into many highly credible, damned toothsome, white wines.” White said he’s tasted “some fabulous nero d’avola... Read More

    From the article Want Italian Wine in Australia ? Italophile Says The Time Is Now


  • Ceretto Blange Langhe Arneis 2013

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    Honeydew melon, cantaloupe and lemon aromas. In the mouth its oily but fresh, showing lemon, melon and herbal notes of lemongrass and chamomile tea. Theres a bit of dissolved CO2 here, lending a fresh zestiness to the palate, which coupled with the acidity makes this a great food wine, especially with creamy foods that would need a counterbalance. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not ... Greco di Tufo and a Roero Arneis. Have I invented a new way to judge the UK supermarkets?  The PG rati Read More

    From the article A Salute to Wine in the United Kingdom


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