New Italian Wines to Try

Left to right: Nebbiolo from Valtellina; Lagrein from Alto Adige; Soave from Veneto.

I’m currently taking an Italian Wine Specialist course and one of the most exciting parts is learning about brand new wines I’ve never heard of or tried before! Recently, I bought 3 bottles after class and tested all of them with a dinner of roast chicken, creamy risotto, and salad. They’re all from the north eastern side of Italy.

Uh, I forgot to take a pretty picture before devouring half of the meal…

Soave Classico DOC: A light, crisp white wine, Soave has great minerality for herbs on roast chicken. In fact, the wine got a boost of flavor when paired with the chicken.

Valtellina Superiore DOCG: Coming from a high altitude region, the high acidity of Valtellina (made with Nebbiolo grapes) is a bit too much for chicken, but it does cut through the risotto like a knife through butter, without overpowering the flavors.

Alto Adige Lagrein DOC: This wine (a brand new one for me!) was a delicious discovery, with soft, plummy notes that developed after some breathing time. It’s nice with the chicken, but would be better with an even richer dish.