Soave for the Summer

Recently, pH picked up Suavia’s Soave Classico and the single vineyard Monte Carbonare Soave Classico. As soon as I tasted these white Italian wines I fell in love with them and I was excited to share them with my friends.

Soave is from the Veneto region of Italy, in the Northeastern corner of the country. The “classico” designation is given to wines made from the grapes that grow in the hillside vineyards of the classic region of Verona. Soave is mostly made from Garganega grapes and occasionally Trebbiano di Soave grapes and/or Chardonnay grapes are included. These particular Soave Classico’s are both made from 100% Garganega.

The Soave Classico is fresh and crisp with a silky mouth-feel. It has notes of minerality, citrus, apple, and pear. This wine pairs perfectly with a crisp summer salad. My salad preference is fresh arugula with a touch of sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. Maybe add some parmesan in there, too. The Monte Caronare Suave Classico has aromas of citrus and herb and on the palate it is more creamy and elegant. It has flavors of cantaloupe and apple and a minerality that reflects the volcanic soils from which the grapes grew. This amazingly complex, single vineyard Soave Classico tastes wonderful on its own or with fish. I like a recipe I found of poached halibut cooked in extra virgin olive oil with capers, flat leaf parsley, and lemon slices.