WINE EXCLUSIVE: I Clivi’s Ribolla Gialla and Ribolla Spumante

Mario Zanusso

The man behind the wine: Mario Zanusso

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we will have two I Clivi wines made from Friuli’s star varietal, Ribolla Gialla. One bottle is a still white wine and the other is a spumante sparkling wine – both zippy and refreshing. This is the first arrival of these wines in the Massachusetts market and both will be available exclusively at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge and Formaggio Kitchen South End.

If you’re looking for a dry, refreshing, organic and affordable white to drink every day, pick up a couple of bottles of the 2010 Ribolla Gialla! The still Ribolla has a fresh, citrusy mouth feel with plenty of minerality and is low in alcohol, which is important in order to highlight the fine aromas that shine in this wine.

I Clivi Vineyard

I Clivi Vineyard

The Ribolla Spumante is bone dry, elegant, showing notes of Meyer lemon and faint floral and herbal undertones. It’s a perfect alternative to Champagne or other sparkling wines. The grapes come from a steeply sloping, remote vineyard in Slovenia’s Collio growing appellation that is about 15-20 minutes from the Zanusso’s home in Corno di Rosazzo. The Ribolla grape is a varietal with marked acidity, making it an impeccable candidate for a sparkling wine. Limited quantities of these wines are available so snatch them up before they’re gone!

To reserve yours, please contact Gemma in our Cambridge store (617-354-4750) or Julie in our South End location (617-350-6996).

Gemma Iannoni is the wine buyer and a cheesemonger at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.