Saturday, December 15, 2007

WBW #41: Taste a Friuli White for January 2008

Jack and Joanne, authors of one of the web's best food and wine sites Fork and Bottle, have announced the theme for the 41st Wine Blogging Wednesday to take place on January 16, 2008.

It's whites from Friuli-Venezia, a northern Italian wine region that is home to many native grape varietals such as Tocai Friulano and Ribolla Gialla. They also grow more familiar grape varieties, including pinot grigio, chardonnay, and riesling.

As usual, Jack and Joanne are already providing valuable tips (such as decant your whites if you buy a 2005 or 2006 bottling) , a list of appellations in this region, and a list of good producers. They also suggest looking for a bottle that's $18+ for highest likelihood that you will be excited by the wine. I must confess, I already have my bottle and it was around $10, but I am still hoping for a little excitement!

Our friends at Fork & Bottle warn that it may take some hunting for a wine from this area, so take a look while you're out shopping, and taste your wine and post the results on January 16, and email Jack and Joanne with the results. It's a lot of fun to taste wines that are not familiar to you, so I urge anyone who's on the fence about participating in WBW for the first time to do so--make it your New Year's Resolution.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this kind post.

I suggest $18+ wines, as the bunch I've had under this price have all tasted like "just wine". (Not that there aren't ones costing more than $18 that score that, too.)

But, a Movia Sauvignon at $22, or an i Clivi Galea at $20, have rocked compared to anything costing less.

Dr. Debs said...

I'll look for those, and hope that my under $10 choice lives up to the Gambero Rosso description of it!