What I’m Tasting: Getting Ready for Italy!

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Next week, I’ll be headed to northern Italy’s Alto Adige region, famous for its Pinot Grigio and pork products. A few days ago, what should appear at our tasting table during our grueling (ha!) Tasting Tuesday than a lineup of wines from Abbazia di Novacella, a great producer from this area. The Pinot Grigio was of course on point, but for me it was all about KERNER.

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Kerner is a cross between Schiava, the light-bodied red grape of this region, and Riesling. It’s exactly the kind of white wine I love – lots of bright, juicy acidity, and lots of aroma and personality. To me, the aromas and flavors are a bit like Ranier cherries and peaches. I bet these will taste even better in their homeland!



Published by Diane McMartin

Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail, teaching wine education classes and helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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