Now that the temperatures outside have started to drop and hints of autumn are in the air, I’m scrambling to enjoy the last of lighter, summer wines before the snow starts to fly. One such wine – a very enjoyable, affordable, uncomplicated white wine from Italy is Citra Trebbiano D’Abruzzo DOP 2017 ($10).
The label says it all: This wine is made from 100% Trebbiano grapes in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Trebbiano is one of the widest-planted grapes in Italy and also in France, where it’s called Ugni Blanc. It’s usually medium-dry, with no tannins and medium-high acidity. Too often, Trebbiano is a forgettable wine, with little to either like or dislike about it. But Citra is different.
Since this isn’t a blockbuster wine in terms of flavor, don’t make the mistake of serving it too cold or it will be virtually tasteless. If you’ve put it in the fridge, take it out to warm up for 20 minutes or so before pouring. There’s no oak to weigh this wine down and you’ll be rewarded with a very versatile, light white wine with citrus notes, good acidity, and a slightly creamy finish that can accompany a range of lighter fare, such as chicken, seafood, white-sauce pizza, and light cheeses.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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