After watching the escapades of my parents who are currently holidaying in northern Italy, I can safely say from their pictures that the Dolomites are truly a sight to behold. Soaring ice capped mountains surrounded by lush green landscape – what could be more idyllic in Spring? Travelling through a country offers the best chance to explore the local food and wine. That is what I enjoyed most about the times that I spent in Italy. Every region is so proud of their produce that you get a clear idea of the style of wine the area becomes known for.
Such is the case with this medium-bodied red wine from Girlan in far northern Italy. This Vigneti delle Dolomiti (vines of the Dolomites) is a blend of 60% Lagrein, 20% Vernatsch and 20% Pinot Nero (Noir). What else could that clear mountain air produce but a wine offering the flavours of fresh mountain herbs, bright red fruits, minerals and a touch of earthiness. The structure is more Pinot Noir-like but with a little more roundness in fruit thanks to the Lagrein. This is a classic style that the northerners would happily drink for lunch or dinner as it tends to complement the meal rather than dominate it. Try it with mushroom-based risottos or light meat sauced pasta dishes. In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming of the next time I can join my folks on an adventure up north.
Stockists: Poured at Merchant and available for purchase at the City Wine Shop