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Arneis the White Barolo

Arneis is one of the most common white varieties in Piedmont, found especially in the Langhe and Roero areas, on both sides of the River Tanaro.

It was once was blended with  Nebbiolo to produce wines with a less aggressive character; hence, it is sometimes called ”White Barolo”. It was also common practice to plant a few Arneis vines amongst the more valuable Nebbiolo vines to ward off damage caused by birds and bees. Attracted by the sweetness and perfume of the Arneis, they would leave the Nebbiolo grapes alone. In recent years, however, this precious and mysterious grape variety has regained popularity and become highly successful, producing white wines of pleasing and convincing aromas. It was granted DOC status in 1994.

Recent vintage overview: The color is pale straw yellow; the nose is fine and fruity. It is dry and fresh with delicate, elegant flavors and a slight aftertaste of almonds. A fresh wine, suitable for appetizers, fish courses and white meats.

“Ripe and smooth, this wine’s peach, passionfruit and jasmine tea flavors have a nutty edge, structured with a hint of tannin. Its fresh almond richness adds depth without weight. For seared scallops.” Wine & Spirits 91 Points

My name is Raffaele De Gennaro and I work as a wine consultant for Vias Imports, in the Hudson Valley area and the Bronx and sell to Restaurants and Wine Shops. If you can’t find Arneis in your neck of the woods, just have the Restaurateur or Wine Shop contact me via email: or call me at 212-629-0200 x373


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