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Budget Wines: Tormaresca Chardonnay, Puglia 2011 from Antinori

by on May 15, 2013

Edible Arts

tormaresca Italian white wines have a bad reputation. For most wine drinkers, the only Italian white wine they know is Pinot Grigio, which with some exceptions is fresh, fruity, and insipid.

That is a shame because there are many interesting Italian white wines.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia produces Ribolla Gialla and Friuliano, the Soave region of Veneto does good things with the Garganega grape, Trentino Alto-Adige with its German varietals, and Gavi in Piemonte have their charms.

Italian white wines have a unique character. Crisp and acidic, they are made to accompany food and are all about refreshment, not power or finesse. Even Italian wines made from international varieties such as Chardonnay, have this focus. Thus, Italy’s best white wines are grown in the cooler northern climate—a flabby Italian white is as unusual as an honest Italian politician.

If Italian whites have a bad reputation, wines from Italy’s southern regions are utterly infamous…

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