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Fire Tree

Fire Tree
2018 Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Blanc, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12% RS: 1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$5.99

Fire Tree
2018 Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Blanc, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian White

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 12% RS: 1%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, corn tortilla, pickled peach, and white strawberry with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, buoyant finish revealing accents of tropical fruit tart with no oak flavor. A light and vibrant Italian white for soirees al fresco.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: baked apple, corn tortilla, pickled peach, and white strawberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of tropical fruit tart
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light and vibrant Italian white for soirees al fresco.

The Producer or Importer

Mack & Schuhle Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
104 Crandon Blvd, Suite 402
Key Biscayne, FL 33419
USA
1 305-365-0101

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Regional Other Italian White

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Although red wines are a more famous entity in Italy, there are excellent whites produced in many regions throughout the country. Two cool climate regions in the north that produce some of the finest examples are Alto Adige and Friuli. The wines from these regions, most notably Gewürztraminer and Pinot Bianco from the former and Friulano and Sauvignon from the latter, are deeply concentrated with expressive aromatics and vibrant acidity.

Campania is another great region for white wines in Italy; producers her work with grapes such as Greco (Greco di Tufo) and Fiano (Fiano di Avellino), varieties planted there more than two millennia ago by Greek colonists. Falanghina, a grape that produces a medium-bodied white with very good acidity, is another specialty from Campania.

Carricante is a sleek dry white from Sicily, while Vermentino is a high acid white from coastal vineyards in Liguria and Tuscany. Also from Tuscany is Vernaccia di San Gimignano, an underrated dry white with melon and almond notes.

Most Italian whites are aged in steel to preserve the aromatics. While some are best consumed young (with vegetable risotto or lighter seafood), many of the best examples (Greco di Tufo, Friulano) age for a decade or more from the best producers in the finest vintages.