Italian White Wine

We feature wines from ALL regions of Italy featuring scores of producers and grape varieties. The default style of Italian whites is crisp, DRY and unoaked, perfect for our weather and cuisine. Dive in…it’s fun!

Our Famous 20/20 Night

20/20 Night: Sample 20 diverse wines, just $20 Per Person! Every Monday and Thursday evening, 5pm to close. Fizz 1) Anna Spinato Prosecco Extra Dry, Veneto Italy  $7 glass 100% Glera, Charmat: Softer on the palate, slightly less pressure, almost too easy to drink. 2) Grandial Brut Blanc de Blancs, France  $7 glass Charmat process, bone dry, refeshing, afforable… 3) Cà dei Mandorli Brut Rosé, Piemonte Italy  $8 glass 100% Brachetto vinified DRY and with slightly less pressure than most sparklers. 4)...

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Marche White Wine

Avoiding the Pre-Mox Blues Let us say up front, we LOVE White Burgundy. We’ll drink as much Grand Cru Chablis or serious Meursault as anyone else will pay for. BUT, there has been a serious problem the last few years with bottles of even (some would say especially) top producer’s wines tasting over the hill when they are still babies. So much so that local Burg fiend Don Cornwell has spent a lot of time and energy creating and maintaining a Wiki about it in an attempt to provide data to find a cause /...

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Trentino White Wines

Maso Marco Donati, Mezzocorona, Trentino These vineyards and the 15th century palace housing the winery have changed hands twice since medieval times: passing from the hands of the Cup Bearer to the Counts of Tyrol (a sort of Super Sommelier who served at the Ministerial level) to the house of the Conte Spaur and then, in 1863 to Marco’s great-great-grandfather. The vines are situated on an alluvial plain that, thanks to eons of action by glaciers and rivers, has had rocks and sediments from the Dolomite,...

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Lombardia White Wines

Balgera Vini, Chiuro, Valtellina Paolo Balgera is THE protector of the faith in the Valtellina, continuing a tradition started by his Great Great Grandfather Pietro in 1885 and he is still mad that the new DOCG regs allow his neighbors to release their Sforzato after just two years aging when HIS current vintage is 1999!  Despite being the most traditional wines in the zona, Paolo’s bottlings have smoked all comers at several consorzio blind tastings proving elegance CAN win out over sheer extract. Come see for...

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Sardegna White Wines

Josto Puddu, San Vero Milis Sardegna This is a multi-generational, family operated estate located on the western coast of the island making very traditional wines that are perfectly suited to the hearty, rustic Sardo cuisine (which also makes them perfect for a lot of the wondrous array of ethnic foods we have here in sunny SoCal!) like this Vernaccia di Oristano (closer in style to Fino Sherry than Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a fantastic aperitivo). Josto Puddu Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 2001, Sardegna...

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Veneto White Wines

A Survey of Soave Many people have the wrong idea about Soave, one of the highest quality white wine zonas in Italy, due to exposure to the dreaded E-Bolla. Yes, a lot of insipid industrial swill is made from grapes grown on inferior flatland vineyards there (where a lot of Trebbiano is intermixed with the  much more noble Garganega variety to bump up the yields per hectare), BUT a large proportion of the very best Italian whites are hand made by small vignerons using much better fruit harvested from the hillside...

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Friuli White Wines

Plozner  Bianco Venezia Giulia Moscabianco 2009 “Moscabianca” literally means “white fly” but is used idomatically to mean “something unique and special”. This qualifies: 100% Friulano harvested a bit extra ripe for rich fruit and aromas. Sealed with a GLASS cork (Vino-Lok) for your protection!   Tocco Friulano 2012, Graves di Friuli A classic, value driven expression of Friuli’s favorite variety.   Ronco del Gelso di Badin Giorgio, Cormons, Friuli Ronco del...

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Toscana White Wines

Santa Vincenzo Vermentino Lotus 2010, Maremma Toscana “Maremma unspoilt…free from the influences of wood or international varieties.” The classic wine for the fresh seafood specialties of the Tuscan coastline, Vermentino from this zona brings all the aromas and flavors of the place with it: herbs, flowers and wild fennel on the nose, white fruits and a zingy, briny smack of the sea on the palate. There is a reason that Frito Misto (shrimp, squid, octopus, fish and vegetables lightly fried in a sort of...

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Emilia-Romagna White Wine

Tenuta Uccellina, Bertinoro, Emilia-Romagna Alberto Rusticali does things the old fashioned way: by hand. His unique wines have been cult favorites from the instant we brought them to you eleven years ago. Aside from the lovely juice, the watercolor labels on some of them are exquisite… Tenuta Uccellina Pagadebit di Romagna Vino Frizzante Libertino 2010, Emilia Romagna  Sold Out, New Vintage Soon Bright pear and apple flavors with a hint of lemon zest and lime flowers on the nose, crisp acidity but plenty...

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Abruzzo White Wine

Agriverde, Ortona This is a third generation estate founded in 1830 and certified organic since 1991. Their commitment to their land includes placing 25 bird nests per hectare plus using the “sexual confusion technique” (using pheromone traps which male insects mate with, leaving the females barren) to combat damaging insects as well as the refusal to use chemicals to combat fungal infections. They were one of our best discoveries at VinItaly 2012. Agriverde Pecorino Riseis 2012, Terre de Chietti...

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Campania White Wines

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Urciuolo, Forino Campania Antonello and Cirò Urciuolo (in cahoots with consultant enologists Carmine Valentino) are on a steep upward path of both quality and fame. Remember you saw them here first! Urciuolo Greco di Tufo Faliesi 2008, Campania No malolactic fermentation here so it is very zingy and fresh with a big minerally finish…outstanding!   Urciuolo Fiano di Avellino 2008, Campania Urciuolo Fiano di Avellino Faliesi 2008, Campania These are wildly aromatic with intense...

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Puglia White Wines

Azienda Vinicola Palamà, Cutrofiano, Puglia Cosimo Palamà’s cantina has bee a WINE EXPO-ista cult fave for approaching two decades. He is always striving to make better wines AND keep their prices reasonable. He also makes the best espresso at VinItaly… Palamà Salento Bianco IGT Brontolo, Puglia  1 LITER bottle After you snatched up thousands of cases of the Brontolo Rosso in its anti-chic, retro-cool liter bottle with screwcap, we decided to bring in the white version to help you keep your...

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Piemonte White Wine

Battaglino Roero Arneis 2010, Piemonte   Always in the WINE EXPO-ista top ten grape varieties, Arneis tastes like a perfectly ripened pear but without the sweetness. This makes it a perfect match for Asian and Pacific Rim seafood, pork or chicken dishes.   Terre da Vino, Barolo, Piemonte These guys were our find of the year at VinItaly 2009: a modern cooperative cantina in the heart of the Barolo zona with 2800 small growers tending 5096 hectares to chose from but dedicated to quality AND value for...

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Sicilia White Wine

Botter Inzolia Caleo 2011, Sicilia This classic Sicilian white variety features a nice blast of citrus and green apple fruit sitting on top of a medium bodied, DRY texture, making it a no brainer with a wide variety of foods (or just friends).   Feudi Montoni Catarratto 2010, Sicilia   100% high altitude Catarratto fermented in steel to preserve the fresh, savory bouquet. This variety is capable of aging and improving for up to a decade (we tasted numerous older vintages in Italy last spring and the result...

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Alto Adige White Wine

Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg, Vadena, Alto Adige The Gambero Rosso once noted that if Istituto Sperimentale Laimburg did not exist it would need to be invented as this full service agricultural research and development station is essential to the local apple, stone fruit, forestry and wine cultures. As a result it produces a broad range of wines (and also fruit and forestry products!) but miniscule amounts of any given one. A unique and surprising factoid: despite its northern location, this cantina has palm...

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