Schioppettino rose up literally from the edge of extinction to become a beloved Friulian favorite in just 40 years. The love for Schioppettino, aka Ribolla Nera (no relation) aka Pocalza (in neighboring Slovenia) is written in the name, which probably comes from the Italian scoppiettare “to explode”. Whether that means crunchy grapes or explosive flavors, it definitely means the wine is bombastic. The variety is packed with a ton of the flavor compound called rotundone, which is the chemical responsible for the taste and smell of green peppercorns. So strap in aboard the rotundone rocket, we’ve got lift off.

Ronchi Di Chialli / Marco Sara / Vigna Petrussa