Confession: I have been unnecessarily prejudiced against Arneis. I am guilty of thinking that this lovely little Piemontese grape produces white wines that can be a little flabby, uninteresting or bland. This all changed the day I tasted a version from Matteo Correggia.
This Arneiswas lively and fun- like a bubbly sorority girl. She’s the life of the party. Perhaps an appropriate metaphor for Arneis, whose name means “little rascal” due its wily, difficult nature in the vineyard. I was captivated by the aromatics- strong notes of Bosc pear skin and white flowers. On the palate the wine is explosive, and rich with acidity and juicy yellow peaches.
We tasted this wine at Sitka & Spruce in Seattle, alongside a fabulous little black bean soup topped with a perfectly runny poached egg.
A Lesson in Humility: This is not your mama’s Arneis.