10 native Italian varieties worth seeking out
Ribolla Gialla & Schioppettino
Both wines of Friuli Venezia Giulia, made with native grapes of the same name. The latter is a lovely medium-bodied red wine loaded with small black fruit and green peppercorn notes, and on a resounding comeback after risking extinction in the 1970s. The former is made in both dry and sparkling styles, with some producers treating it like a red wine, favouring long skin contact. Highly touted by some, I found the wines too similar and a bit disappointing. Ribolla is best when fresh with citrus, floral and white pepper aromas.
Try: Bastianich, Vigne Orsone Ribolla Gialla, Colli Orientali del Friuli 2010
Bright and fresh, with floral, lemony and tangerine aromas and flavours. You won’t want to put the glass back down. 16.5pts/20
Price: £13.75 Bibendum Wines