Most wine lovers can rattle off their favorite Italian wines or regions with relative ease: Chianti, Barolo, Vapolicella, Sicily, etc. But some of the most exciting and dynamic wines of Italy are coming from the ‘under the radar’ regions. My favorite of these ‘hidden’ regions is that of Friuli, in the far northeastern corner of Italy on the border with the former Yugoslavia.
Granted, Friuli is far from ‘hidden.’ It produces the best white wines of Italy, bar none, and has a stellar reputation worldwide.
It has been producing great wines for thousands of years (which we’ll discuss). But in America, the wines of Friuli have a hard time taking hold and gaining the attention they deserve.
My goal: to change that.
These are wines that deserve attention for they are some of the great wines of the world, and we’ll taste through a range that will prove my point, while discussing the history of the area (just incredible), the sub-regions for wine, tourism ideas, the main varieties planted, what it was like being there during the Yugoslav war, and why these wine are distinctly different (and more serious) that the rest of the wines of Italy.
Our special guest expert will be Michele Pasqua of Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore wineries, which are both personal favorites. He will bring a ‘boots on the ground’ expert level to the discussion, allowing us to learn far more than we ever thought possible about this incredible area.
And of course we’ll taste incredible wines, including some of the best red wines you’ve ever had in your life (and we’ll learn why French grapes have such a presence in this Slovak-Italian region). A side discussion on the foods of the region, from the famous cured meats to their stunning seafood, will be accompanied by traditional recipes for you take home.
Hear more from Michele Pasqua on a YouTube video from 2012. He’s a fountain of knowledge and we’re lucky to have him in Minnesota for this special evening.