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This complex Friulian white combines four
grape varieties to create a silky, vivid and
gorgeously aromatic blend.
What You Need To Know
Tucked into Italy’s northeast corner,
next to Austria and Slovenia, the tiny Friuli region is a treasure
trove of minerally white wines. Its signature variety is Friulano,
a grape that’s related to Sauvignon Blanc and produces tangy,
dry whites with herb and pear notes. In this Friulano-based blend
from the acclaimed Ronca del Gelso estate, owner-winemaker
Giorgio Badin adds body to the wine with the addition of Pinot
Blanc and boosts its aromas with dashes of two ultra-fragrant
grapes, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer (known locally as Traminer
Aromatico). Badin’s family farmed livestock for four generations
before he converted their farm to grapes in the 1980s. It was
a good move: Badin’s wines compete with the region’s best.
and acacia notes.
Rich, minerallly apple
and citrus flavors.
Mild fish, shellfish, veal and
pork dishes, especially with
creamy or herby sauces.