The story behind this wine is enough to make anyone want to sample it! Friulano from Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is traditionally known as Tocai Friuliano, for its native growing region Friuli. This grape is a member of the Sauvignon family. Like its more recognizable and well-traveled cousin, Sauvignon-Blanc, Tocai Friulano produces dry white wines with pronounced minerality, acidity and gentle fruitiness.
Thanks to the vagaries of European Union naming conventions, the Italians have been searching for a new name for Tocai since 2006. In 1993, after Hungary joined the European Union, they gained the rights to the name “Tokaji,” and all the variations in spelling (Tocai, Tokay, and several others). All this in spite of the fact that Hungarian Tokaji is a sweet dessert wine, with little in common with Tocai Friuliano apart from its color.
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.
This wine is sure to be a conversation-starter, you won’t believe you are looking at a pinot grigio. The unique light pink color with coppery highlights is the result of prolonged contact with the skins of the grapes during cellar fermentation. Refreshing fruit and flowery undertones complement this gorgeous wine that is sure to impress, you can’t find anything else like it!
Gold medals all around, 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 Best Sauvignon in the World - literally. Tiare's unoaked 2013 Sauvignon blanc was awarded the 'Best Sauvignon in the World' medal at the 2014 edition of the World Sauvignon contest, held in Bordeaux, France. Chosen from nearly 500 wines from 21 countries, this was highest honor ever given to an Italian wine at this major international event. The same vintage was also awarded the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award in 2015. The 2014 vintage won a gold medal in the same competition in 2015. The 2015 vintage was awarded the 90+ award by the Gilbert & Gaillard Guide as well as the Tre Bicchieri award in 2017, and the Winery itself was awarded the Special Prize for Best Emerging Winery in 2015. This 2016 vintage is also prized, taking home the coveted "Tre Bicchieri" award in the 2018 Edition of the competition.