COLLI PIACENTINI DOC
The Italian wines from the southern area of Piacenza have enjoyed fame for a long time. White and red wines of excellent quality are produced here with a clear authenticity that make them the finest wines of Italy. The most interesting white Italian wines from here are not the acceptable Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio wines. The pale golden Sauvignon is delicate, intense, and fairly characteristic. Its taste is freshly acidic, harmonious, with a slight sparkle to tingle the tongue. Drink this Sauvignon Italian wine at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C). The equally pale golden Chardonnay often has a glint of green. Its bouquet is fruity and refined and the taste is fulsome, fresh, harmonious, and dry. This Italian wine too often has a slight tingle of a sparkle. Drink this Italian wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The Pinot Grigio is also golden but can have pink glints and its distinctively aromatic nose is refined. The taste for this Italian wine is fulsome, harmonious, and dry and here too there may be a hint of bubbles. A true Spumante version is also available. Drink this Italian wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The following white Italian wines from this area are far more interesting.
TREBBIANINO VAL TREBBIA
This Italian wine is made from Ortrugo grapes, supplemented with Trebbiano and/or Sauvignon Blanc (better choice is the Ortrugo-Trebbiano). This pleasing golden wine has a relatively modest nose. There is a diversity of styles and tastes from dry to sweet and from still, through hint of bubbles, to truly sparkling. Drink this Italian wine at 46.4-53.6°F (8-12°C) with the cooler range for the sweeter wines.
This is a very characteristic and intensely aromatic Italian wine which can be dry, medium dry, or sweet. It is fresh in taste and also comes in still, slightly sparkling, and sparkling versions. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine is 50°F (10°C) for the dry wines, to 42.8-46.4°F(6-8°C) for the sweet ones.
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