Cards of Wine

Favorita (Italy)

Favorita is a white wine grape from Piemonte.

It is the same grape as Vermentino and Pigato (Liguria).

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Grapefruit
Grapefruit

Almonds
Pine Nuts
Herbs
Basil
Almond
Almond
Minerals
Minerals

Lime, Citrus Leaf, and Green Apple are typical Favorita flavors.

With delicate hints of Pine Nuts, Basil, and Minerals.

Profile

Favorita is a very dry, light-bodied, white wine with high acidity:

SUGARDry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium - Low
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing

Favorita is a very good Aperitif.


Salads
Salads
Vegetables
Vegetables
Fish
Fish
Seafood
Seafood

Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto
Fries
Fries
Sushi
Sushi

Favorita is a typical Fish Wine, with Pine Nuts and Basil Aromas.

It grows in Liguria, and it is an excellent pair to Ligurian Pesto.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Mediterranean Cuisine.
Salads. Olive Oil. Tomatoes
Vegetables. Artichoke. Arugula. Asparagus.
Fennel. Pesto. Spinach. Zucchini.
Rich Seafood. Salmon. Halibut. Trout.
Calamari. Crab. Lobster.
Seafood Pasta. Spaghetti with Clams.
Italian/Japanese Fusion. Sushi. Tempura.

Cheese Pairing:
Fresh Cheeses. Mozzarella. Feta. Ricotta. Chèvre.

Italian Specialities:
Spaghetti alle Vongole.
Linguine with Crab.
Fritto Misto di Mare.

If You Like Favorita

You Will Also Like:

Albariño (Spain)
Alvarinho (Portugal)
Favorita (Italy)
Pigato (Italy)
Trebbiano (Italy)
Ugni Blanc (France)
Verdicchio (Italy)
Vermentino (Italy)
Vernaccia (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

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!

Italian Grapes

Vermentino

Vermentino

Vermentino is a white wine grape from the island of Sardinia (Sardegna).

It is also well known on the Ligurian and Tuscan coast.

Italy stands for about 85% of the word production, and about 10% is produced in France (Provence and Corsica).

In Liguria it is called Pigato.

In Piemonte it is called Favorita.

In France it is called Rolle.

Vermentino wines are known for a refreshing acidity, nice aromas of Citrus, Green Apple, and delicate hints of Pine Nuts, Basil, and Minerals.

In Sardegna

In Sardegna, Vermentino is the main white grape. It has its own appellation: Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, and the island's most famous wine is Vermentino di Gallura DOCG.

In Liguria

In Liguria, the Vermentino grape is called Pigato. It is the main grape in the wines from Colli di Luni DOC. The freshness and minerality of these wines reflects the Massa and Carrara marble mountains.

Colli di Luni (Hills of the Moon) is an Italian DOC located in both Liguria and Tuscany.

Along the coast, Vermentino vines are found in Bosco, Albarola, and in the amasing cliffside vineyards of Cinque Terre.

In Toscana

In Toscana, the climate is warmer than in Liguria, and the vineyards produce a richer Vermentino.

Winemaking techniques like skin contact and lees contact, together with barrel aging create a richer body with more complexity. Vermentino wines from Bolgheri (Bolgheri Vermentino DOC) is often compared with French Viognier.

In Piemonte

In Piemonte, the Vermentino grape is called Favorita.

It grows primarily on the left bank of the Tanaro river in the Roero district near Alba.

Favorita wines are known for good acidity and intense Pear notes

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions: