Italian White Wine

What a fabulous country. Nowhere in all my travels have I ever encountered such a love of good food and wine. In my opinion Italy produces some of the best wine in the world. Anyone who has been to Italy knows the Italian attitude to life - rules are there to be broken, and the same is true in their wine industry. The government introduced a classification system loosely based on the French Appellation Controlee. However, many Italian wine makers refused to be restricted and continued to make fantastic wine as they wanted, just labelling it 'vino da tavola' table wine. To the Italians in the know this was no problem, as a bottle of table wine at £20 would have a strong reputation locally. However this is no help to consumers in the Uk. Italy more than any other country is one cauldron of confusion when it comes to selecting wine from looking at the bottle. Always look out on the label for a reputable producer. I'll be adding plenty more Italian wines to the site in due course. In the meantime all these wines are superb quality.
 
 

La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco IGT 2015 75cl

Organically certified by ICEA, Naturland and NOP

Yes, you read the description correctly - this is a white wine made from the red Sangiovese grape! And it is delicious!

A lovely organic handmade organic wine very low in sulphites. It spent 8 months ageing in steel tanks with a further period in bottle before release.

The wine is full flavoured and fruity with good body and a rounded mouthfeel. Very fresh and elegant with only natural acidity (no added tartaric acid!) giving it a wonderful balance and natural feel. Lovely on it's own or perfect with a variety of seafood, particularly anything cooked in butter.

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La Selva Organic Vermentino Maremma DOC 2015 75cl

World Organic Wine Awards - Silver Medal

Organically certified by ICEA, Naturland and NOP

A great example of Vermentino, Tuscany's signature white grape. 100% Vermentino grapes aged in steel tanks for 6 months then further bottle aged before release.

Lively, fresh and fruity, again with great balance and natural acidity. Maremma is a highly regarded sub district in coastal southern Tuscany with a unique microclimate that produces some exceptional wines. Unsurprisingly these whites from La Selva are perfectly suited to seafood. If you've never tried Vermentino before I strongly recommend you try a bottle of this wine. It is delicious.

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Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Livon 2015 Linea Classica 75cl

A superb family owned winery in the Friuli Venezie region, producing one of the best Pinot Grigios in Italy. Established by Dorino Livon in 1964, their wine empire has expanded under his sons' management to now include 5 separate wineries including one in Tuscany and another in Umbria. Their over riding philosophy is "quality above all else".

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Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon 2014 Linea Classica 75cl

This is a fantastic sauvignon from the excellent Livon winery. The region of Friuli produces some of Italy's best white wines, in a very fresh, cooler climate style, and this sauvignon is no exception. Coming from the Collio hills DOC at an altitude 250m which borders Slovenia.

Very pale in colour with green and gold highlights. Legs sticking to the side of the glass showing some body. Lovely big green fruit flavours with good acidity cleansing the palate. It's deliciously crisp and refreshing, very clean and natural in style with only minimal additives.

For anybody who hasn't discovered Friulan white wines I highly recommend trying this. "New world fruit with old world heritage!".

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Friulano Collio DOC Livon 2014 Linea Classica 75cl

Friulano is the local name for the grape which is also called "sauvignon vert" in other regions. No surprise then that this wine is similar in style to their Sauvignon Blanc being clear, almost waterlike in appearance. Again good body. More subtle flavours, more like a hybrid of their excellent Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Again very clean and natural, wine made properly by a passionate producer, so you know you are drinking a wine which is healthy and good for you.

Vey well balanced natural acidity and a long clean finish. I think this wine would be very well received by fans of good Chablis and similar quality old world dry whites.

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Badia di Morrona Bianco dei Poggi IGT Toscana 2014 75cl

Badia di Morrona is a small estate owned by the Gaslini Alberti family, a highly passionate producer focussing on quality. Their holdings are reasonably large by our standards, around 1500 acres with a little under 300 planted with vines, around half being Sangiovese. The rest is olive groves and farmland. They have restored the old farmhouses for guests and have a restaurant and even a monastery dating back to the eleventh century.

Their wines are well made blending both traditional methods and state of the art technology. They are great quality at affordable prices. Their dedication to producing high quality wines is earning them a reputation and they've been hotly tipped as a winery to watch out for in the near future.

This is a blend of Vermentino, Trebbiano and Chardonnay, fermented in stainless steel for freshness. It's fairly full and round in the mouth with floral and citrus notes. It's a great summer wine, particularly to enjoy with food. Good value.

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Lugana Sansonina 2013 75cl

An excellent example of hand crafted Lugana from Carla Prospero and Nadia Zenato. Full flavoured and full bodied. Strong fruit flavours, full and round in the mouth with a crisp finish.

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Lugana Massoni Santa Cristina DOC 2015 75cl

Santa Cristina is a very small winery on Lake Garda owned and run by the Zenato family. Here they make beautiful hand crafted wines in small quantities. They're very proud of the family's "Podere Massoni" vineyards and believe these produce exceptional fruit, representing the traditional wines of the region. They use only the best grapes and only produce wines under this label when conditions are right for top quality fruit.

I'm really impressed with these wines as they're very pure and clean in style. Presentation is simple and classical, and they use heavyweight bottles and high quality corks and foil. These wines are something special.

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Chardonnay Santa Cristina Garda DOC 2015 75cl

Santa Cristina is a very small winery on Lake Garda owned and run by the Zenato family. Here they make beautiful hand crafted wines in small quantities. They're very proud of the family's "Podere Massoni" vineyards and believe these produce exceptional fruit, representing the traditional wines of the region. They use only the best grapes and only produce wines under this label when conditions are right for top quality fruit.

I'm really impressed with these wines as they're very pure and clean in style. Presentation is simple and classical, and they use heavyweight bottles and high quality corks and foil. These wines are something special.

This is seriously good value for money!

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Torresella Chardonnay IGT Veneto 2012 75cl

This is a delicious Chardonnay. Veneto is a great region for this varietal as the climate brings out the fruit but retains the freshness too. The wine is full and rich with good body and tropical fruit flavours with some butter notes on the long finish.

Great with a range of foods from pasta to fish, or just to enjoy on it's own.



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Gavi dei Gavi La Scolca Gigi Black Label DOCG 2015 75cl

La Scolca were the original Gavi producer, and registered the brand name Gavi dei Gavi in the USA, from which other producers derived the now well known term of Gavi di Gavi. The grapes for this wine are sourced from their vineyards in the hills of the Rovereto Superiore di Gavi, then fermented under temperature control to produce this excellent wine. La Scolca are widely recognised as the best Gavi producer, and their wines have a cult following and can be found on the wine list of many of the world's best restaurants.

This Black Label is regarded as the ultimate Gavi (excepting their exclusive extremely limited D'Antan), and is highly sought after. Although pale in colour, this is deceptive as it's a big, rich wine packed with flavour and a real weight on the palate. It has a very very long finish. Spectacular wine, on a par with Morton Estate's Coniglio Chardonnay - two of my very favourite white wines.

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Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Bobo DOCG White Label 2013/15 75cl

La Scolca were the original Gavi producer, and registered the brand name Gavi dei Gavi in the USA, from which other producers derived the now well known term of Gavi di Gavi. The grapes for this wine are sourced from their vineyards in the hills of the Rovereto Superiore di Gavi, then fermented under temperature control to produce this excellent wine. La Scolca are widely recognised as the best Gavi producer, and their wines have a cult following and can be found on the wine list of many of the world's best restaurants.

This is a delicious wine, rich and full flavoured with great length. Enjoy it with food.

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Gavi dei Gavi La Scolca Oro Gold DOCG 2015 75cl

A very good Gavi at an affordable price from Gavi's most acclaimed producer.

This "Gold" is very pale in colour with green highlights. Swirl it around and you'll see legs sticking to the side of the glass hinting at the body in the wine. It is indeed full in the mouth and rounded with pear flavours, and a peachy lift on the finish from the wine's natural acidity.

This is lovely wine well suited to buttered fish or creamy pasta.

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Sanct Valentin Sauvignon St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige 2015 75cl

No awards yet for the newly released 2015, but plenty expected!

Vitigno Italia - Gold Medal

Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 - Silver Medal for the 2013

Awarded Gambero Rosso's highest rating of Tre Bicchieri for an incredible 17 years in succession!

This is the flagship wine from this prestigious estate, regarded as the best Sauvignon Blanc in all Italy. Having tasted it I have to agree, it's something very special. Very pale green in colour so it was quite a suprise to get such a strong concentration of fruit on the nose, almost pear drop like. There's intense fruit flavour on the palate too but with suprising body. In fact I'd describe the wine as 'full bodied' although this is then balanced beautifully by crisp acidity which cleanses the palate. Add to this an incredible 30 second plus finish, and you can see why it's consistently won Italy's most respected wine award. Superb wine.

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Sauvignon Blanc Lahn St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige 2015 75cl

St Michael Eppan is one of Italy's finest wineries. It's a cooperative of around 340 individual growers all with tiny vineyard parcels totalling something like 360 hectares. They pool the grapes and have the priviledge of Hanz Terzer, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world, making their wines!

This wine is excellent, not far off their legendary Sanct Valentin Sauvignon in quality.

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Sanct Valentin Chardonnay St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige 2013/14 75cl

Vitigno Italia - Gold Medal for the 2012.

Another beuatiful wine from St Michael Eppan. I tasted this at Vinitaly 2015 and immediately questioned why I hadn't discovered it before (having stocked their wonderful Sauvignon for years). Their wines are something special, and I'm a huge Chardonnay fan.

Normally I find Northern Italian chardonnays a little thin although I love the purity and clean feel. This one however is full bodied from being both barrel fermented (50% new, 50% used) and then further barrel aged for 11 months before bottling.

Pale gold in colour. Full of flavour with fruit and vanilla, rich and round with good mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced with integrated acidity and a long luscious finish.

Superb.

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Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru IGT Sicilia 2014 75cl

This is a stunning single vineyard oaked Chardonnay.

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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio DOC Valdadige 2015 75cl

This is a top class Pinot Grigio, a market leader in Italy with the vast majority shipped to the USA where it's a big hit with the cruise liners and big hotels. It has an intense aroma with strong fruit on the palate, good body and an almost creamy texture. Delicious just to drink but also well suited to a variety of foods including fish dishes.

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Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Vigna Novali 2011 Moncaro 75cl

Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri

Awarded Gambero Rosso's highest award of Tre Bicchieri each year for the last five years in succession.

A single vineyard wine from the town of Castelpiano in the premium Classico area of the Castelli di Jesi DOCg. As a Riserva, this wine has been aged for a minimum of 18 months before release.

100% Verdicchio. Some of the grapes were late picked, and a small amount were fermented in barrique to add complexity and body. The wine was also aged "sur lies" to add longevity. The resulting wine is full and complex. Perfect with seafood.

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Tordiruta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Passito 2008 Moncaro 50cl

International Wine Challenge 2015 - Trophy.

5 Grappoli (top rating) Duemilavini, Italy

3 Stars (top rating) I Vini di Veronelli

Previous vintages with a host of top awards including most recently:

’07 vintage: 5 Grappoli, Duemilavini, Italy

’07 vintage: Gold Best in Class, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2011, UK

’07 vintage: Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge 2011, UK

’06 vintage: Gold award, International Wine Challenge 2010, UK

‘06 vintage: Gold Best in Class, International Wine & Spirit Competition 201

Truly sensational dessert wine from Moncaro. Made from Verdicchio grapes grown in their Novali vineyard at Castelplanio.

The grapes were late harvested then pre-dried on trays in the sun for ten weeks before being fermented and matured in oak barrels for twelve months.

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Atavico NAS Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2014 Moncaro 75cl

This is a brand new wine for Moncaro made without the addition of any sulphites. They have been working within a consortium of other like minded winemakers to develop a process of minimising the additives they use in their wines. Although this wine does technically still contain some sulphites, they are produced naturally during fermentation, and this wine is fine for people with a sulphite allergy.

Again it is from the premium Classico area of Castelli di Jesi, and to earn it's "Superiore" ranking it has to contain a minimum of 85% Verdicchio grapes and have a minimum ABV of 12%. This particular wine is made of 100% Verdicchio. The grapes were carefully picked and transported under dry ice to avoid any possible oxidation! After fermentation it was aged "sur lies" for two months so will keep in good condition for a year or two despite the lack of artificial preservatives.

Taste wise it is clean and crisp with citrus flavours. I found it very enjoyable. Once again these natural wines just make me subconsciously glug away - it isn't the flavour in itself, it's something wholesome as the wine is actively good for you!

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Angialis IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 2011 50cl

A Truly stunning dessert wine from the Argiolas Estate in Sardinia. Read about it from the producers at::

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Lugana San Benedeto DOC, Zenato 2014 75cl

A consistent award winner each vintage. 100% Trebbiano grapes, hand picked, lightly pressed and fermented under temperature control. The wine is full flavoured but soft with good length. Good to drink on it's own, even better with food.

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Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato 2013 75cl

100% Trebbiano di Lugana grapes, from 20 year old very low yielding vines from their Podere Massoni vineyard. Fermented in barriques for three weeks, then aged in new oak barriques for four months with further ageing in bottle prior to release. The wine has plenty of body and viscosity with noticeable oak. The fruit is tempered by the oak producing an elegant, balanced wine with a really long finish. Highly recommended.

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Soave Classico 'Colombara' Zenato DOC 2014 75cl

A blend of Chardonnay and Garganega from a single vineyard, hand picked, soft pressed and fermented under temperature control. Another lovely full flavoured wine from the Zenato family. Recommended.

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Moncaro Bianco Marche Region 75cl

Plenty of fruit upfront, dry on the finish. A nice bottle of wine for quaffing, especially with food. Great value for money for everyday drinking.

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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Ardesia 2015 75cl

Packed with fruit, this Pinot is delicious. Ideal for drinking on it's own or pair with seafood, chicken or salads.

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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Sentito 2011 75cl

A decent Pinot Grigio at this price. Ideal for summer barbeques. Jane can drink this one with no ill effects, but if you are sensitive to sulphites I'd recommend going for the Ardesia Pinot Grigio to be on the safe side.

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Moncaro Trebbiano 2014 75cl

The grapes for this wine are selected from the best vineyards on the hillsides of Italy's Marche region. They are gently pressed and fermented under temperature control. 15% Verdicchio grapes are added to the Trebbiano grapes to soften the sharpness and give more body. The wine is fresh and packed with fruit, with a floral bouquet. Great value.

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