2016 – Master sommelier BOBBY STUCKEY was recently crowned sommelier of the year by WINE ENTHUSIAST.
His passion for for Italian whites is rooted in the country’s storied soil. Paired with authentic seafood dishes sourced from the Adriatic Sea, his top picks call for serious wine wanderlust.
Venica & Venica
SAUVIGNON “Ronco delle Mele” 2013, Friuli, Italy
Herbaceous, and made by superstar winemaker Giampaolo Venica from his only Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on the northeast-facing slopes above the town of Vencò.
Historically known as Tocai Friulano, this grape varietal was known as Tocai until 2007, when the European Union mandated the name change.
I think of Friulano as if Mother Nature closed her eyes and made a grape with the melon and fruit of great Pinot Grigio crossed with the herbaceous notes of Sauvignon Blanc.
Friulano that is grown on the ponca soil of the Collio has a salty minerality that’s a great pairing with the classic Prosciutto San Daniele.