Want to support the flooded region of Emilia-Romagna? Then drink these…
Following the devastating floods in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany recently, one of the best ways to show your support for the region is to crack open a bottle of wine from the region. Filippo Bartolotta brings a list of exciting Italian wine appellations for you to try.
- A wine that is light straw yellow colour with greenish hues, Pignoletto Classico dei Colli Bolognesi has a delicate character and delightful perfumes of lily of the valley, camomile, white peach and grapefruit, with a refreshing gently-bitter aftertaste of almonds and citrus fruit.
- Blending an apparent roughness with a hidden tenderness and smoothness is the joyful Sangiovese di Romagna. This DOC is on the market also with the new Rocche di Romagna collective brand, which displays 16 different terroirs (sub-zones) and is a fantastic match for a classic hand-made tagliatelle with ragù.
- The indigenous Pagadebit. A beautifully herbaceous and hawthorn-driven white wine, particularly good if you are in the mood for a light seafood dinner.
- With a more than two thousand year-old history, the appellation of Albana di Romagna produces an intense, structured white wine which can also be found in a dry and very often macerated (almost orange) version with a fantastic salinity, or in the more traditional sweet version.
- If you’re in the mood for a fizz, then you should give Pignoletto a go. This grape variety – also known as Grechetto Gentile – can offer agile and crispy whites as well as zesty and crunchy sparkling wines that were reputedly enjoyed by Pliny the Elder.
- To finish, you could consider the wines of the Lambrusco DOC – although the appellation hasn’t been affected anything like as badly, there are still a lot of the wineries producing this ancient wine that have vineyards in the flooded areas. You could choose from the great saline acidity of a Sorbara Lambrusco DOC or the saturated deep purple extraction of a great Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC.