Orvieto

  (oar-vee ET-oh)
A wine made from Grechetto (gra-KETT-oh) grapes.

Synonyms: Grechetto, Greghetto, Grechetto di Todi, Grechetto Spoletino, Greco Bianco di Perugia

Wine Name: Orvieto

Background: Grechetto is a central Italian grape grown mainly in Umbria with a pleasant nuttiness and leafiness. It is usually blended with Trebbiano and occasionally other white grapes into Orvieto wine. It is also used as a blending grape in Torgiano and Cervaro white wines. A semi-sweet version called abboccato is also produced from botrytized grapes.

Classic Brands and Sources: Antinori, Avignonesi, Barberani, Falesco, Palazzone, Castello della Sala

Characteristics:

Style #1 – dry

Body – medium (-)

Acidity – high

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – low

Style #2 – semi-sweet

Body – medium

Acidity – medium

Sweetness – semi-sweet

Tannins – low


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs with acidic and herbal dishes

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Antipasta, heavier fish, chicken, pork and veal with citric and other acidic sauces; asparagus with lemon, vegetables with acidic sauces, sushi, risotto. light tomato based pasta

Cheese Pairings:
Boursin herbed, Brick, Derby, Feta (sheep’s milk), goat cheese, Gouda, Havarti, Majorero (Spanish hard goat cheese) Mahon, Bucheron (French goat cheese), dry Jack cheese, Cream, Neufchatel , Saint -Felicien (French cow’s milk cheese), Raclette, Pave Affinois