Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Preview to the Food, Wine & Travel to Friuli with #ItalianFWT

This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel (#ItalianFWT) group takes you to the region of Friuli, tucked up in the northeastern corner of Italy. Friuli-Venezia Giulia, known in short as Friuli, is part of what's known as the Tre Venezie with the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige. This region is bordered by the Veneto within Italy and also Austria and Slovania. Friuli is a small region in size, the 5th smallest within Italy, and in comparison to the US is only about 2/3 the size of Connecticut.
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Travel to Friuli
There is a little for every traveler in this lesser-traveled region. With the Dolomites and mountains bordering the Austrian line to the shores of the Adriatic for the beach goers it's one of the reasons why traveling to multiple regions within Italy are so unique. You can get a taste for all sorts of living styles and the culinary treats and wines that come along with it through the diverse landscapes. Plus, don't forget about the Austrian and Slovanian influences found throughout. Some of the top visited towns of Friuli include Udine, Trieste and Gorizia. Have you been?

Wine of Friuli
After phylloxera struck the Friuli region, the wine production here was rather silent until pinot grigio became popular on the wine scene. This region is dominated mostly by whites and this region along with the Trentino-Alto Adige is one of my go to regions for white wines within Italy. The wines of this region are known for their high acidity and aromatics, which is influenced by the warm days and cool nights of the mountains, plains and sea.

You'll definitely find some of your international varieties in this region like merlot, cabernet, chardonnay, but the native grapes of this region are pignolo, schioppettino, refosco for reds and friulano, ribolla gialla, picolit and verduzzo for whites. I'll be going into more details personally on the wines of this region Saturday.
Native wines of Friuli
Wines of Friuli by Fabio Bruna
Food of Friuli
Like a lot of alpine northern regions of Italy they are dominated with heartier fare including stews, sausages, veal, gnocchi dishes, speck, prosciutto (especially prosciutto di San Diele) and Alpine cheeses. Don't forget about the coastal part of Friuli that lines the Adriatic that also lend many seafood dishes. There will be lots of food and wine pairings shared this weekend to engage you in what it's like to be a Friulian.
Prosciutto di San Daniele of Friuli
Prosciutto di San Daniele by Desiree Tonus

Here is a preview of what's to come this Saturday:

Vino Travels – Pignolo and Schioppettino and Picolit, oh my!
Culinary Adventures with Camilla – Roasted Lobster with Pesto + Ca'Bolani Sauvignon
Rockin Red Blog – Wine at the Center of Cultural Crossroads
Food Wine Click – Friuli Wines with Nutmeg Braised Goat
Enofylz Wine Blog A Taste of Friuli, Got Prignolo?
Cooking Chat -  Lightened Chicken and Broccoli Pasta with Wine from Friuli
Italophilia - Castello di Miramare: Pearl of the Adriatic
Orna - A Stroll through Grado: The Sunny Isle
The Wining Hour - Friuli Pinot Grigio and Roasted Branzino

Join our group this Saturday and come back for a variety of articles on the region of Friuli with my blogger friends. Come chat with us live also on Saturday December 5th at 11am EST on Twitter at #ItalianFWT. We look forward to hearing from you then!