Rome is different. Most of the chain stores--SMA and Carrefour were our mainstays--stock a nice selection of affordable wines of reasonable quality. We're white wine drinkers (as we've noted before on the blog), so here are some of our favorite GROCERY STORE WHITES:
Fiano Sannio. EURO 4.40 One seldom finds Fiano--the name of the grape--in the US. But it's common in Rome grocery stores. This one is from Solopaca, in Campania. It's good without being great. Dianne described it as mildly tasty, rather undistinguished, a little flat, very yellow, and "pretty nice." "Good for people who don't like too much "profumato"--perfumed quality--in the wine. Bill found it very pleasant, with no bad notes, and quite flavorful. A value at less than 6 bucks a bottle.
Villa Folini Ribolla Gialla, 2013. EURO 6.29 The "brand" is Villa Folini, the grape Ribolla Gialla--seldom seen in the states. It's from the Venezia region, bottled in the border city of Gorizia. Despite the name Gialla, which means yellow, it's light in color. Bill thought it "quite sophisticated," though how he would know
|Ribolla Gialla. On the dining table in our big room in Rome.|
Malvasia Terra de li Pallavicini. EURO 3.83. Malvasia is the grape--again, not a distinguished grounding
for the wine. The Pallavicini are no doubt a family, or they were, and "terra" refers to their land. The wine comes from Lazio, the region of which Rome is a part, so it's local. Dianne pronounced it "better than Pinot Grigio," which isn't saying much because she finds nearly all Pinot Grigio to be undistinguished. It's "pleasant," she added, a bit "flat" and "uninspired, but "adequate if you're returning from a trip and need a drink." No doubt she was returning from a trip and needed a drink. Bill: "not bright or flinty," but tasty.
|Tenuta Ca' Vescovo|
Tenuta Ca' Vescovo. EURO 6.35 Tenuta means something like "homestead," and Ca' means "house of." The wine is from mountainous Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, from whence come many fine whites. According to the bottle, the wine or the winery or both is/are very old--dating to the early 15th century. Dianne: "got a little profumato to it...it's not puny." Bill: "full-bodied, hints of apricots."