Full Review

Bel Vento

Bel Vento
2015 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$9.99

Bel Vento
2015 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12%
Pale green straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, and white flowers with a bright, off-dry light body and a breezy finish with notes of peach, apricot, and lilies with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A slightly off-dry wine for light dinner pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: peach, apricot, and white flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peach, apricot, and lilies
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A slightly off-dry wine for light dinner pairings.

The Importer

Joseph Victori Wines & Co., Inc.

The Importer
17 Prospect Street
Huntington, NY 11743
USA
1 631-423-8500

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Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.