Ah, Soave. One of the magical wines that will pair with practically anything. When it's time for a basic white wine, I'm usually happy with something from Italy. The price is generally affordable, they're not hard to find, and make a nice change of pace from the usual Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs. And because it's not something that's become hugely popular like Pinot Grigio, your guests or dinner companions get a chance to try something a little different but non-threatening. Here's a pair of wines I received recently from the Soave Consortium.
2009 Re Midas Soave
$10, 12% abv.
Light and mild, with a round mouthfeel and low acidity. Touch of pineapple and lemon on the nose, minerals on the aftertaste. The style of this wine is somewhat close to Pinot Grigio. Named after King Midas, the wine is packaged in a slightly odd bottle--not strange enough to call it a novelty like one of those VOGA bottles. The bottom is a little more narrow than a standard bottle, and it expands with a gentle curve up to the shoulders. And with the purple and gold color scheme, it seems like a great target for Lakers fans. Or perhaps more appropriately, for fans of the Los Angeles Kings.
I've reviewed this same vintage of Fattori Soave before, and the following is a rare repeated review:
2009 Fattori Giovanni Motto Piane Soave
$15, 14% abv.
Tropical fruit, flowers, firmer, stronger, a touch of minerals, with a nice round mouthfeel. Fermented both in oak and stainless steel. Between the two, consider this one if you prefer bigger, bolder flavors, but it's still a relatively light wine. Pack it along with a picnic and I think that you'll find that it goes beautifully with cold fried chicken, potato salad, and other summertime delights.
Note: These wines were received as samples.