ITALIAN WINE CLUB

JULY 2020

BLURRED BORDERS WITH SLOVENIA

Wedged between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, Slovenia’s political borders have changed countless times over centuries of occupation. When you visit today’s Italian/Slovenian border, this is all very apparent in everything from the architecture, the people, and the cuisine. One of its most noted wine-growing zones is the Vipava Valley (Vipavska Dolina) in the west, nudged right up along the Italian border with Friuli. Much like its neighbor, the valley has both Mediterranean and Alpine microclimates and sandstone rich soils full of marl, clay and that notorious ponca that makes the Friulians flip for flysch. Warm air flows in from the Adriatic and meets and mixes with the cool air settling down from the Alps- a primo recipe for bumping acidity and fresh aromatics. The Carso, just south, is an enclave, essentially blocking Slovenia from its potential beachfront on the Adriatic. While many of the locals here may be Italian taxpayers, you’ll find the majority of winemakers identify as Slovenian. In this, our Part II look at the Friuli, we straddle this blurred border and showcase four fabulous producers (two from each side) that are recently turning heads with incredible wines with a true sense of place and culture. 

-Kevin Wardell

 

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WINE #1: AQUILA DEL TORRE “AT”

Sauvignon Blanc
Colli Orientali, Friuli, Italy 2018
RE-ORDER $27

WINE #2: BATIČ MALVAZIJA SELEKCIJA

Malvasia
Vipava Valley, Slovenia 2018
RE-ORDER $36

WINE #3: ZORZETTIG REFOSCO DAL PEDUNCOLO ROSSO

Colli Orientali, Friuli, Italy 2018
RE-ORDER $17

WINE #4: ŠTOKA ‘IZBRANI’ TERAN

Kras, Slovenia 2018
RE-ORDER $22
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