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Vinalia x Ronco delle Betulle, Ribolla Gialla

Italy, 2021
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Experience the luxurious richness of a waxy white wine that delights the palate with its vibrant flavors of ripe yellow apple and succulent cantaloupe. This unique wine is characterized by its textured mouthfeel, offering a captivating experience that sets it apart from your typical whites. While it ventures close to the realm of orange wines, it retains a distinctive structure that elevates its complexity. Cultivated with utmost care, this exceptional wine is the result of organic farming practices carried out by a dedicated mother-son team in the picturesque region of Northeastern Italy.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Ribolla Gialla (ree-bowl-ah jah-lah)
REGION: Friuli Colli Orientali DOC, Italy
DRINK IF YOU LIKE: Chardonnay, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Fiano

Special Serving Instructions: You want to let this one breath a little bit. This is a rather structured wine that can be on the tight side when first opened. Either decant or simply uncork and leave it be for an hour or so. Also chill, but not too much—this white behaves kind of like a red.

This is basically a baby orange wine—a gateway for newbies to the category, or a softer take for amber enthusiasts. A few days of maceration gives the wine a bit more texture and complexity, but it remains approachable and explosively juicy. This Ribolla Gialla tastes of ripe orchard fruits—yellow apple skin, pear tarte tatin, cantaloupe—alongside more herbaceous flavors of chamomile, sweet sage, and pressed mint. You might call it a white for red drinkers.

Frico, nutty cheeses, polenta, risotto, seafood, fish, creamy pasta dishes, poultry, summer sunsets and good conversation.

Founded in 1967 by Giovanbattista Adami, Ronco delle Betulle continues in family hands. First passed onto his daughter Ivana in the 1980s, Ivana is today joined by her son, winemaker Simone Sechi. Located in the Rosazzo subzone of Friuli Colli Orientali, Ronco delle Betulle’s 12 hectares are farmed certified organic. Ivana and Simone focus on native grape varieties, including Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Refosco and the hyperlocal rarity Pignolo.

Vinalia x Ronco delle Betulle, Ribolla Gialla

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