I am on a bit of a white kick right now, despite the frigid temperatures – maybe because I am wishing it was warm and sunny, and daydreaming about sitting out on my deck enjoying the sun and a glass of white wine. Of course I will be waiting until sometime in August to be enjoying this scenario – post baby. Only two trimesters to go!
I have a weak spot of interesting Italian whites and this one is no exception. From the producer Firriato of Sicily – and this is not the only wine from this producer that we stock which says a lot to the quality of their wines. Firriato Etna Bianco comes from vineyards at the base of Mount Etna – an active volcano on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is made from two varietals – Catarratto and Carricante, both lesser known indigenous varietals to this region.
The perfect way to describe the first sip of this wine is “golden”. Floral on the nose – beautiful ripe fruit on the palate – think juicy pear, white peaches, and maybe a hint of ginger. It definitely has a richness to it that would appease those that love Chardonnay or Viognier; this is no thin white wine.
No need to wait until summer. This is a great winter white – have it with roast chicken (our Sunday staple), with a four cheese flatbread or with fish. Delicious and a bit more unique; give your guests something to talk about over dinner!