Friuli in a glass
The very soul of Friuli Venezia Giulia lies in sharing a good tajut, a glass of wine, with a portion of tasty San Daniele ham. If you haven't heard of the name, you must have at least tasted one of its incredible white wines. Along with the rich customs and traditions that different populations brought over the border came foreign grape varieties, which gave life to a prosperous and diversified wine-making scene here in the North East. Friuli is particularly good at making refreshing, delicate white wines from native vines such as Friulano, Verduzzo and Picolit.
The local Friulano is a fruity white with a flowery scent, a delightful company at the table for its versatile nature, easily matched with appetizers, fish and meaty main courses. Instead, the sweet aftertaste of Verduzzo and Picolit make these bottles better suited to cheese-based dishes and desserts.
Local red wines are no less exquisite and renowned. You will love Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, the local warm, spicy red with notes of plums and almonds. Refosco wines go hand in hand with lusty meats and are also high listed on regional wine tastings.
Among the local sparkling, we certainly have a sweet spot for the Ribolla Gialla. This dry example of Friuli excellence is always there for the cutting of the cake and other celebratory moments, like the official post-ceremony toast. This region is certainly a real wine heaven both for visitors and couples looking to put together a wedding wine list that is a little out of the ordinary.
RECOMMENDED WINES: Prosecco Brut, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon, Ribolla Gialla, Chardonnay, Friulano, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Merlot, Pinot nero, Schioppettino, Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Verduzzo, Malvasia.