Carricante is a white grape from Sicily in Italy.
It is the main grape used in the Etna DOC Bianco wine.
Carricante can be described as a Riesling look-alike.
Citrus (from Racy Lemon to Orange or Grapefruit), Green Apple and Flowers (Orange Flower/Chamomile) are typical Carricante flavors, along with cool Herbal notes (Mint/Aniseed), and pure Minerals.
Carricante wines are typically medium in structure, with fresh acidity:
|ACIDITY||Medium - High|
Carricante is very versatile. It pairs well with Fish and Seafood, white Meat, Grilled Vegetables, and soft Goat Cheese.
Olives. Olive Oil.
Salads. Caper Salad.
Grilled Vegetables. Vegetable Pie.
Fish. Fish Stew. Sardines.
Grilled white Fish with Lemon.
Seafood. Chili Prawns. Scallops.
Pasta. Seafood Spaghetti.
Rice. Risotto with Vegetables.
Salmon. Raw Fish. Sushi. Sashimi.
Mediterranean Fish. Swardfish. Tuna.
White Meat. Chicken Salad.
Soft Goat Cheese.
Pasta Chî Sàrdi (Pasta with Sardines).
Sarde a Beccafico (Stuffed Sardines).
Lasagne di Pesce (Seafood Lasagna).
Insalata di Tonno e Capperi (Tuna and Capers).
Lamb Spezzatino (Stew) With Saffron and Mint.
|Chenin Blanc Dry (France)|
|Douro Branco (Portugal)|
|Etna Bianco (Italy)|
|Riesling (Alsace, France)|
A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.
It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.
A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.
Remember to hold the glass by the stem!
Carricante is a white wine grape from Sicily in Italy.
It is the main grape in Etna Bianco DOC, where it is blended with Catarratto.
Refer Etna DOC below.
Carricante growns at high altitudes (1000 meters) on the vulcanic Mount Etna.
The name comes from "Caricare" (carry burden), with reference to the heavy yields.
The grape is very high in acidity, and Carricante wines tend to be high in total acidity, but with a low PH, because of malolactic fermentation.
Etna DOC is a wine region on the north, east, and south hills of Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe.
The region was established in 1968:
Etna DOC Bianco:
Minimum 60% Carricante. Max 40% Catarratto (max 40%). Up to 15% Minella or Trebbiano.
Etna DOC Bianco Superiore:
Minimum 80% Carricante. Max 20% Catarratto, Trebbiano, or Minella. Grapes must be exclusively from the Milo area.
Etna DOC Rosso:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other Sicilian grapes.
Etna DOC Rosso Riserva:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other Sicilian grapes. Minimum 4 years aging, with minimum one year in barrel.
Etna DOC Rosato:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other grapes, including white.
Etna DOC Spumante:
Minimum 60% Nerello Mascalese. Max 40% of other Sicilian varieties.
Etna D.O.C. territory is closely tied to the biggest active volcano in Europe - Etna. Much of it is covered with crops and natural vegetation. Among the cultivated species the grape vine has always played a major role.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The capital is Palermo.
It is known for old ruins, sandy beaches, seafood, and the Marsala dessert wine.
Sicily is also well respected for the dry wines of Etna and Vittoria.
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