This week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be discussing one of my favorite white wine grapes, Arneis. The 2016 Ceretto, ‘Blange’, Arneis is from the town of Roero, which is a small DOCG wine district in the hills of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. It is known particularly for it's refreshing white wines made from the Arneis grape.
Arneis has a reputation as a rather troublesome variety; it is low-yielding and susceptible to powdery mildew and, in warm seasons, struggles to retain useful levels of acidity. Thus, the variety's name is derived from a Piedmontese word meaning "little rascal".
The ‘Blange’ vineyard, located on the hillsides of Vezza d'Alba, was purchased by Ceretto in 1985 with the sole purpose of planting it with the Arneis grape. This wine is great to drink in early Fall as it is light, fresh, and fruity with delicate floral and citrus flavors. It is medium straw in color and offers aromas of pears, apple blossoms, beeswax, and almonds. On the palate, the Blange is soft with round, nutty flavors overlaying subtle minerality all the while being light bodied with good balance and fresh acidity. The classic Piemontese pairing for this wine is Vitello Tonnato - cold slices of veal topped with a creamy tuna sauce. At Lupo Italian Kitchen this wine pairs best with any of our fish dishes, Caesar salad and Grilled Artichokes.
This wine can be found only at Lupo Italian Kitchen on our all Italian wine list, so stop in and have a bottle and pair with one of Chef Chris Park’s amazing creations. Lupo is the hip little Italian restaurant located in the elegant Hotel Rehoboth downtown on Rehoboth Avenue.