03 Dec Our Featured Wines of December
The chillier days and long, dark nights of winter mean only one thing—warming up with a glass of wine! Whether you’re a curious newcomer to wine tasting or a passionate connoisseur, let Ciao’s December featured Italian wines add some extra glamor to your holiday season.
Fantinel “Borgo Tesis” Pinot Grigio Friuli D.O.C.
A crisp, fresh snowfall requires a bright white wine to match. From the Fantinel vineyards in the Friuli region, this Pinot Grigio is delicately coppery, with a zesty mouthfeel, good body, and a mixture of floral fragrances. A refined wine that captures the balance and authenticity of northeast Italy, this versatile winter white pairs well with hors d’oeuvres, fish, pasta or rice, and soups.
Fantinel Rosé Spumante Brut “One & Only”
Brighten up any December evening with an elegant, sparkling Pink wine. The Rosé Spumante Brut offers a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in perfect, graceful harmony, with a velvety taste and good structure. Its fine, intense bouquet is like a late summer picnic in a bottle, reminiscent of red currants, wild strawberries, and raspberries, with a pleasant background of crusty bread. Serve as a romantic aperitif or tuck this “One and Only” away for a midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.
Giuseppe Lonardi Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.
Taste one of Venice’s everyday favorites in this Valpolicella Classico, which draws on three of Veneto’s most important red grape varietals. Enjoy a deliciously “dusty” palate of dried strawberries, cranberries, and a hint of bittersweet rhubarb. Its refreshing composition harkens back to spicy warm-weather foods, but in winter, this wine pairs well with the classic bites of Italian cuisine: vegetarian pastas, bleu cheese ravioli, or simple cold-cuts and cheese.
Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G.
End of the year celebrations deserve something special. This Chianti Classico Riserva is a blend of wine aged in new, second, and third passage French oak barrique casks for at least 18 months – a well-aged wine for the close of a long year. With aromas of cherry, blackberry, and earthy beets, this finely structured Sangiovese and Merlot blend should be poured alongside an uncommonly delicious holiday meal: try penne with a luxurious cream sauce, roasted duck, or pork chops with mushroom demi-glace.
If you’re interested in more fine Italian wines like these, check out the Ciao Wine Club! Designed for anyone, whether amateur wine-tasters or lifelong devotees, our wine club will introduce members to something new from our exquisite wine portfolio each month.