Weekly wine defined: Friuli

Mary writes:

From the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, this wine region in northeastern Italy borders Austria and Slovenia. And because of the three distinct cultures and geography, this region puts out wines that are very unique to Italy.

In Friuli you can find crisp, fruity mostly white wines made from the grapes Tocai Friulano, Ribolla, Malvalsia, Verduzzo, Picolit, Refrosco, and Pignolo.

But wait there’s more! French varietals Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Nero were introduced in the 19th Century.

The region produces a modest amount of wine by Italian standards but on the plus side, the percentage of DOC wines produced is one of Italy’s highest.