Published on March 22nd, 2012

Soave with food

Soave – Bland and Boring – Think Again!

The wines tasted this episode and where you can buy them:

Soave Classico Superiore, Pieropan, 2010 £11.99 from Cooden Cellars

Inama Vigneto du Lot, Soave, 2009, £22.00 from Majestic 

Hi my name’s Rebecca Dunphy. Here are some great tips to help you pick out the best Soave and some useful ideas for pairing this classic white wine with food. First, look for this emblem here — vinaioli independent — the best independent wine makers who put quality above all else and Classico, the wines from the hilly vineyard sites with the best sun exposure and volcanic soils.

Before I even have a taste I can smell a whiff of volcanic smoke, minerality, flowers, zesty fruit and almonds. So let’s have a taste. Yum. It’s these unique fruity mineral qualities make Soave a perfect partner for fresh green vegetables like asparagus, peas and broadbeans. These wines are great for seafood and notoriously difficult egg dishes – omlettes, quiches, Spaghetti Carbonara and recipes with almonds.

But it doesn’t stop here, you’ll also find some really exciting modern styles of Garganega (the main grape in Soave), which are golden, richer, more rounded, silky, complex, nutty with a streak of fresh minerality. Inama’s single vineyard wine is a great example, look at the golden colour – it’s from the warmer 2009 vintage, but also it is lightly oaked. It has the weight and power for flavoursome fish like tuna or trout, roast white meats and even Asian foods.

If you tasted Soave 10 years ago and found it uninspiring, it’s time for you to give it another chance!

Enjoy your wine!


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3 Responses to Soave with food

  1. Leticia Ihloff says:

    Great videos, I´ll definitely think again !

  2. Caroline says:

    I’m so glad you’ve given Soave a mention – I’ve always liked it immensely. And it’s interesting that you picked up on nuts – although I’ve often picked up on hazelnuts rather than almonds. Whatever nut it is – doesn’t matter! I love this wine. It’s perfect for Spring dishes like Rissotto Primavera – and as for bland? No! I refute that. I think that particular moniker could be ascribed to much of the ubiquitous Pinot Grigiot that appears to be flooding the shelves, but my love-affair with Soave continues. I have had a look at what Hailsham Wine Cellars are selling since they have a great range, they’re very reasonable (and local!) They stock 3 Soaves – even a 2003 vintage! That must be very buttery and nutty.

  3. admin says:

    Hi Caroline – Hailsham Wine Cellars is great and thanks for the tip!

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