Piedmont makes some of the most sought-after wines in all of Italy, and arguably the world. The star of the show is the noble Nebbiolo grape.
Barolo and Barbaresco, two legendary red wines made from Nebbiolo, are renowned for their ability to age for decades. Still, plenty of Nebbiolo is delightful in its youth. (If you’re looking for a great Nebbiolo to drink tonight, we highly recommend this one.)
Nebbiolo takes center stage today, but Piedmont is full of other great wines. Scroll down for a brief introduction, or head straight to the sale!
Beyond Nebbiolo: Piedmont’s Other Grapes
Pelaverga, grown mostly around Verduno, produces reds that are light in color, with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. If you’ve never had Pelaverga, pick up a bottle of this gorgeous, well-mineraled version.
Freisa produces delicious red wines in a variety of styles – both still and sparkling, dry and sweet. Whatever the style, Freisa remains a fruit-driven, juicy variety, so the wines make excellent matches for light appetizers. Try this strawberry-scented, unoaked Freisa at your next picnic.
Ruchè, originally thought to be an export from France, is now believed to have originated in the Monferrato hills surrounding the city of Asti. Wines made from this grape tend to be medium- to full-bodied, with intense aromas of black plum, pomegranate, and rose petals. Our #2 wine value this week is a delightful example.
Grignolino derives its name from grignole, meaning “pips.” This small-berried red variety makes truly intriguing wines, because the grapes produce very little juice in proportion to the amount of pips and skins. Grignolino tends to be pale in color, earthy, and unexpectedly tannic. This one is versatile and delightful.
Arneis, after nearly going extinct in the 1970s, was revived by a number of dedicated growers in Piedmont. This week’s #9 wine value is made from this fascinating white grape. It’s an intensely aromatic, well-balanced Arneis with fresh lemony notes.
And the list goes on! There’s lots to explore in this region; getting to know Piedmont is one of the great pleasures of learning about wine. Today is the day to pick up that Barolo you’ve had your eye on, plus a nice Grignolino for the weekend, and an Arneis for your spring pastas.