The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles: still and sparkling, dry and sweet. In each, it remains fruit-driven and juicy, making it perfect with light appetizers. Ruché makes medium- to full-bodied reds with intense aromas of black plum, pomegranate, and rose petals.
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