Looking for a buttery California Chardonnay? This is not it. Friuli’s chardonnays have an entirely different palate than a California Chard, mainly due to the fact that Friuli’s Chardonnays are entirely unoaked, bringing to bear a completely different taste, like nothing you have ever experienced. The 2015 vintage received the prestigious "Tre Bicchieri" award in the 2017 competition. This 2016 vintage is sure to follow suit.
This wine from di Lenardo, a family that has been making wine since 1878, is the only one in Friuli to use only vines of the “Musque” clone, meaning that this wine is highly aromatic and unique in its composition. Di Lenardo is acknowledged as one of the best-quality brands in the Friuli Grave area and the most technologically-advanced. Since 2009, the winery has used only use solar energy to run its cellar. Environmentally conscious, equally advanced in winemaking, try this little wine for a great surprise that will change your tastes in Chardonnay!
This 2015 vintage took home a gold medal in 2017, and the 2014 vintage was awarded the medal for best Italian sauvignon at the World Sauvignon competition in 2015. This delightful white is easy to drink and has the perfect WOW! factor that truly sets it apart. Looking for the perfect companion for a warm day or a fresh fish dish? This elegant sauvignon, with citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, yellow peppers and touches of tomato leaves will satisfy your palate, especially on a hot summer day!
The Zamó family is one of few to have collaborated with the internationally renowned oenologist, Franco Bernabei, and it shows. The flagship product of the winery, this wine is a rare red blend with a Friuli twist, coming from the addition of the native variety “Pignolo”. The first red wine from Friuli to win the “Tre Bicchieri” highest award in 1988, this blend is still prized and honored today as one of the best in Italy.
This Pinot Grigio is di Lenardo’s best selling wine, and given that the family has been making wine since 1878, that is quite an achievement! Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, it is a solid example of why Friuli has achieved such notoriety for its whites, Pinot Grigio in particular. It leaves a long, pleasant finish, staying just long enough to allow you to savor it, but leaving nothing behind. This wine is completely unoaked, extremely well balanced and can be aged for the next 3-5 years, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all the bottles you have ordered!
Pinot Grigio has become the global synonym of Italian white wine. And in the hills of Friuli, it achieves is maximum expression. Sustainable farming practices in Friuli combined with cooler climates produce a supple wine with full-flavors, balances, and a touch of richness. Tenacious and strong-willed as the bears (‘orso’ in Italian) the family takes its name from, the Orsaria family has been crafting wines since 1949. The logo alone begs for exposure in California, but this unique pinot will take you on a journey right back to the eastern reaches of Italy.
A characteristically aromatic variety, the Sauvignon is made in the winery’s stainless steel tanks to create a fresh, full-flavored and well structured wine of great personality. Crisp, citrus notes characterize this Sauvignon, perfect for sipping on a hot day or to accompany a meal of seafood. A bit of a twist on the traditional Sauvignon from California, this wine will leave you pleasantly surprised and longing for another glass!
Tired of drinking flat, sour, flavorless prosecco and want to try the real Italian kind? San Martino’s Prosecco DOC Millesimato from Treviso is intensely aromatic and crisp, with hints of green apple and banana that will leave your taste buds refreshed, not overwhelmed. Millestimato means that all the grapes used are from the same year - an indication of an excellent harvest. The harmony of smell and taste in this prosecco and its sleek flavor, not to mention great price, will make you a fan of this Champagne alternative.
This ancient native vine, recognized since 1300 as one of the best Friulian wines, particularly when produced in Rosazzo, has always been a standard for the company’s white wines. The Perusini Ribolla is actually the result of a lengthy clonal selection process, which has brought out the best of this wine. This wine expresses all the best of what this territory has to offer, this Ribolla Gialla will leave you with a concrete memory of the passion that the expert winemakers of Friuli have bottled.
Italian pinot nero? Just give it a try! The pride and joy of this winery, this wine really sets itself apart, even from the California pinots - dry and light, this is a real surprise! Only exceptional vintages are considered for wine making.
Saved from the brink of extinction only in the 1970’s, the schioppettino grape, a spicy, peppery native variety to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, is extremely exclusive and sought after. The name means “gunshot” or “little crack” in Italian, because the grapes appear to be so tightly filled that they “explode” (schioppettare) in the mouth. This varietal is frequently known as “Ribolla Nera” amongst Friuli locals. Despite having recently been planted in one winery in California which is daring enough to try making this Italian relic, it dates back to at least 1282 in Italy and will remain a true Italian treasure.
Picolit is considered a gem among Italian wines. The origin of its name is from the low production of very small grapes. In fact, vines produce only about 10-15 grapes per bunch. Precisely for this reason, this wine is extremely exclusive, and has been the highlight of wines that has delighted the palates of Princes and Popes for centuries. Carlo Goldoni called it the brightest gem of Friuli wine.