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Luigi e Lucina Pinot Grigio 2018
Friuli DOP, Italy

Roman Holiday (1953)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Although this Pinot Grigio is linked to Romeo and Juliet, we think its charm and refreshing qualities make it a wonderful match for another “Italian” film, Roman Holiday. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, this iconic film tells the story of a whirlwind romance between a princess and reporter. This Italian wine perfectly complements the setting and mood for this endearing tale.

THE WINE

As you pour this elegant Italian Pinot Grigio for guests, make sure to tell them the story behind its name. Luigi e Lucina pays tribute to Luigi da Porto and Lucina Savorgnan, the lovers believed to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Hailing from the Friuli region (not far from fair Verona), it’s a crisp, thrilling taste of northern Italy’s great 2018 vintage. With ripe pear and pineapple characters and mouthwatering acidity, this fine white will make a refreshing aperitif or a delicious partner to seafood, creamy pasta, and more.

THE GRAPE

With its palate-cleansing purity, a simple mention of ‘Pinot Grigio’ makes people thirsty. But they don’t all taste the same. This northern Italian gem is refreshing, citrusy, and wellbalanced. The word grigio (‘gray’) refers to the grape’s color, which ranges from a blush pink to a pinkish-gray. In France’s Alsace region and the U.S.’s Pacific Coast, the grape is known as Pinot Gris and the wines are made in a richer, more opulent style.

THE REGION

VY_IT_NorthernItaly_MtnsNorthern Italian locals describe their mountain-ringed vineyards as aria condizionata (‘air conditioned’). It’s easy to see why, as the cooling influence of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea are ideal for locking in fresh, pure fruit flavors. The small region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia borders Austria and Slovenia, and is known for producing fresh, exhilarating whites from Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and star grapes.

WITH FOOD

ital_seafoodalfredoPastaThis lovely Italian Pinot Grigio will make a refreshing aperitif. Enjoy a glass on its own, or pair with crudités and soft cheeses. At meal time, it’s a delicious match for seafood dishes, from lightly marinated fish to sushi to fresh shellfish. You could also enjoy it with glazed ham, grilled chicken, or Italian classics like creamy risottos or pasta primavera.

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