We're huge fans of quirky wines that are found off the beaten path in places like Piedmont, Italy, the land of two heavyweights Barolo & Barbaresco. Italy's preeminent wine region, Piedmont places a singular focus on the Nebbiolo grape, but in the hills of Roero, a grape that was almost extinct has made an amazing comeback. Arneis is the signature white wine of the region, made famous by the two heavyweight houses of Vietti and Bruno Giacosa. It's a grape and a style that few have ever heard of, mostly because the wines don't get much press or attention from critics, importers or retailers. A shame, because a great Arneis is very charming and a perfect pairing for food. The balance of delicate aromatics and crisp refreshing flavors are off the charts. Lively floral notes of white peach and citrus, Pelassa's San Vito is an ideal companion to the antipasti of the day. While you might not be on the dusty roads of rural Italy, this crowd pleasing and versatile white is an excellent alternative to your typical Pinot Grigio.
"Bright, luminous and very fragrant. This pretty white wine shows some of the yellow rose, natural rubber and beeswax aromas that are characteristic of the versatile Arneis grape. The mouthfeel is glossy and smooth. This is a terrific value wine to drink within the next year or so." The Wine Advocate, 91 Points
"Pineapples, mangoes, pear blossom and almonds on the nose, with salty undertones. Nicely textured and creamy with a medium body, fresh acidity and almond notes at the end. Drink now." James Suckling, 90 Points