A different great white
It's an Italian wine with a Teutonic name … and it's absolutely delicious.
This week's choice is a personal favorite - Tiefenbrunner pinot grigio.
It comes from the northernmost parts of Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, located right on the Italian border with Austria. Clean, fun, with a dash of mineral taste on your tongue, it is full of crisp, juicy citrus and honeydew flavors, with a gentle aroma of pears.
Tiefenbrunner's vineyards are located along the enchanting Südtyroler Weinstrasse, the Wine Route of South Tyrol, in one of the most beautiful wine-growing areas in Alto Adige.
The vines are grown mainly on the mountain slopes around the Turmhof Castle, with other vines located in the flatter areas of the valley. The Mediterranean climate, characterized by moderate rainfall and cooling evening winds, allows for a substantial difference between day and night temperatures, providing ideal conditions for the perfect ripening of the grapes; at 3,280 feet above sea level, it is the highest vineyard in Europe.
Wine has been cultivated at Castel Turmhof for more than 300 years. The castle itself, known for its Roman Gothic fairy tale-like figures and breathtaking swan lake, has been dated back to the late 12th century.
Today the Tiefenbrunner family is still fully committed to this tradition. The estate owners, Herbert Tiefenbrunner and his son Christof, produce about 700,000 bottles per year here, of which 70 percent are white wines and the remainder red.
Made with 100 percent Pinot Grigio grapes, this wine has a straw lemon color, youthful and bright. This wine is great as a starter, and it can be paired with some seafood appetizers, such as calamari or ceviche, and it goes perfectly with light fish or some pasta dishes.
We have this wine at Marco Prime and it's one of ours best sellers!
Adamo Serravalle is co-owner of Marco Prime and DaVinci's. He is a wine connoisseur, and along with Laura Owen of CJ's on the Bay, and Marco Porto of chop239 is a regular contributor to this column.