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