Wine Wisdom

Italian effort a marriage of soft dryness, aromatic verve


One of the better known names of Italian white wines is Soave, which is from the Veneto region in northeast Italy. At its best, Soave shows a lovely yet shy aroma of wild flowers, citrus, almond, spring apple and a mineral or steel scent. I think Soaves would be much more in vogue had pinot grigio not stolen Soave’s thunder. In fact, until the mid-1980s, Soave was Italy’s largest selling dry white wine in America.

The 2011 Re Midas Soave by Cantina di Soave is somewhat unusual because it is 100 percent garganega grape, while most of these wines are blends with two other grapes (usually trebbiano and another bulk grape).

This Re Midas effort offers a marriage of soft dryness, aromatic verve – more flowers and citrus here – and a great fresh aftertaste. It’s also gained some serious accolades, including the “Extreme Value” award by Wine and Spirits Magazine and a “Best Buy” in The Wine Enthusiast.

It can be found for less than $10 a bottle, making it a tremendous value. Try this with some sea bass, sage-enhanced fettucine or a cold tuna salad. If your favorite wine place doesn’t carry it, try Glazers Distributing.


Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – – and the author of two books on wine.