If the only grapes you are familiar with are Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay I am glad you are reading this post.
There are amazing white varietals out there and discovering them can be incredibly pleasurable. Falanghina is one of these grapes. It hails from Campania in Italy (this would be the area right below your shin on the boot). The area is perfect for the grape because it is warm and dry. It tends to be a more full bodied grape and incredibly complex. The grape ripens around September and is ready for harvest in October.
Every time I’ve tasted a Falanghina the nose automatically reminds me of crisp apples and pears. I sometimes get a whiff of nuts and almonds and on the mouth on certain vintages I get banana right on the mid palate. What makes this varietal really great is that all this fruit is usually balanced by minerality and accompanied by a great acidity that just makes you want to swallow.
If you’re looking for nice dishes to pair with this grape, try some grilled fish (swordfish or octopus will do), risotto (made with Falanghina of course) and sushi.
February 24th, 2010