5 unmissable Italian white wines and their best pairings
When thinking about Italian wine, one can not but think about the famous red wine such as Chianti or Barolo. Yet Italian white wines deserve attention as well. Coming in a huge range of styles, they offer food lovers lots of potential for delicious pairings and thanks to their fresh taste are the best drink to serve during your late-spring dinners. Let's discover together five unmissable Italian white wines and their best pairings.
Verdicchio di Jesi
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is a white wine from the Marche region, located in central Italy. One of the most famous and historic Marche products, these dry white wines are made from the ancient Verdicchio grape variety.
This Italian white wine is characterized by a straw color and an herbaceous aroma with green apple notes. It has crisp acidity and a pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste. Because of these distinctive features, it perfectly pairs with the seafood dishes of the region such as the brodetto di pesce, a typical fish soup with toasted bread and tomatoes, or the pecorino cheese, another typical culinary product of this area.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a single vineyard Italian white wine produced in the town of San Gimignano, a medieval village near Siena, Tuscany.
It is recognized for its golden-hued color, powerful and full-bodied nature, heady floral bouquet, dry, crisp and persistent flavors, high levels of acidity and a characteristic bitter aftertaste.
It is a particularly versatile wine: its pairings range from seafood and shellfishes to rice and gnocchi seasoned with cheesy creams.
Even if it was born in France, Pinot Grigio and the wine found wide success in the regions of Northeastern Italy: Lombardy, the Veneto, Friuli, Trentino and Alto Adige.
From its footing in northern Italy, this Italian white wine grew to become the most popular white wine in all of Italy, and then the most popular imported white wine in the U.S.
It has a zesty flavors, as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. It features a punchy acidity with lemony notes and an overall pleasant, simple taste that makes it suitable for several pairings: among the many, we suggest pasta with mussels or clams, cow milk cheeses and chicken.
Vermentino is an Italian white wine found primarily on the coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia with vineyards that are really close to the sea.
Because of this peculiarity, it has a distinctive minerality or saltiness in the finish. The best Vermentino are medium-bodied, fresh and quite round, with a floral aftertaste. Try it with seafood pasta or - if you want to have a real ligurian experience - pair it with Trofie with Pesto cream sauce.
Moscatois a sweet Italian white wine known for its fruity notes. Made from the Muscat grape, this is the perfect one for those looking for an Italian dessert wine. It generally has a pretty low alchool content that makes Moscato a great dessert drink for casual sipping during aperitivo, or the perfect addition to a brunch-time spritzer that won’t derail your entire day.
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