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16 Fresh Whites from Italy and Beyond

“As temperatures begin to creep up, it’s about time to switch out winter’s go-to red wine for a more summer-appropriate selection.

“Italy is arguably better known for its red wines, but there is also a large variety of quality white wines to choose from, made with both international and indigenous varieties. These wines tend to feature bright fruit and juicy acidity—just perfect for a leisurely afternoon in the sun.

“This crisp style thrives in the northeast of Italy. Wineries in Trentino–Alto Adige produce their own takes on Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others. These best versions are refreshing and layered with appealing spicy and savory notes.

“The northern region of Friuli has become popular recently, and its hilly terrain and maritime influence can deliver serious white wines: balanced and minerally, with great acidity. Try out the native Friulano variety; Torre Rosazza makes a floral, aromatic version for just under $30.

“Farther down the boot, Abruzzo also makes distinctive whites worth seeking out, particularly from the two flagship local varieties, Trebbiano and Pecorino. Father-and-daughter team Alfredo and Antonella di Tonno offer great value with these two grapes at Cantine Talamonti.

“For something a little more off the beaten path, look just across the border to Slovenia, where cooperative Vinska Klet bottles a crisp Sauvignon Blanc under the Giocato label, made by Aleks Simcic of the famed Edi Simcic winery.

ARNALDO CAPRAI Grechetto Colli Martani Grecante 2015 Score: 90 | $20
“Thai basil and spice notes lace the creamy mix of Asian pear, white peach, stone and lemon zest in this well-knit white. Light- to medium-bodied and fresh, with a lingering, savory finish…” — A.N.

Emma Balter, May 20, 2016
16 Fresh Whites from Italy and Beyond