Refosco

  (REE-fo-sko)
Synonyms: Cagnina, Dolcedo Blau, Drobni Rifoshk, Grosse Syrah, Mercouri, Merkouri, Refasco, Refosca, Refoschino, Refosco del Pedunculo Rosso, Refosk, Refosko, Refousco, Rephousko, Rifosco, Rifoshk Debeli, Riphosko, Schittierer

Wine Name: Refosco

Background: Refosco is a dark-skinned grape of northeastern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia that produces a rich, tannic dark purple wine with black currant and plum flavors. It is moderately acidic and sometimes has a slight bitter finish. There are different varietals of Refosco grown so it is more a family of wines rather than always from one distinct grape.

The famous Giacomo Casanova liked Refosco wine and included mention of it in his memoirs.

Classic Brands and Sources: La Castelada, Dorigo, Marco Feluga, Gravner, Jermann, Livon, Rhonchi di Cialla, Rhonchi di Manzano, Franco Terpin, Villa Russiz, Villanova, Volpe Pasini (Italy); Bonny Doon, Montevina (USA)

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – medium (+)

Acidity – high

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – high


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs with full-bodied dishes such as red meats that have acidic sauces or marinades and ample salt.

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Pairs with sausages, cold cuts, game, beef and grilled meats usually with an acidic sauce or marinade

Cheese Pairings:
Asiago (aged), blue cheese/gorgonzola, Castelmagno, Fontina, Gouda, Parmesan, Pecorino, sharp Cheddar