Gewurztraminer is another white grape grown in the Alto Adige region of Italy. I love this white grape and enjoy comparing the Italian version to the French and American versions, since they all treat this spicy white grape quite differently.

Gewurztraminer is another white grape grown in the Alto Adige region of Italy. I love this white grape and enjoy comparing the Italian version to the French and American versions, since they all treat this spicy white grape quite differently.

Wanna try something legitimately unique to the Alto Adige? Try some Lagrien. This red wine, made from the grape of the same name, is deep, dark and full-bodied, yet without much tannin, if any. This wine is earthy and often has plum notes, accented by a nice minerality (thanks to the limestone soils).

Wanna try something legitimately unique to the Alto Adige? Try some Lagrien. This red wine, made from the grape of the same name, is deep, dark and full-bodied, yet without much tannin, if any. This wine is earthy and often has plum notes, accented by a nice minerality (thanks to the limestone soils).

A good step up from mass-market Pinot Grigios of this region (e.g. Cavit, Santa Margherita, etc.) this one offers some QPR in the $12-$16 range. Try it this summer as a classy alternative to your basic, watery, lemony Pinot Grigio. As always, I love the screw cap.

A good step up from mass-market Pinot Grigios of this region (e.g. Cavit, Santa Margherita, etc.) this one offers some QPR in the $12-$16 range. Try it this summer as a classy alternative to your basic, watery, lemony Pinot Grigio. As always, I love the screw cap.

Seek out this wine. Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc elsewhere) from the Alto Adige is a wine often forgotten by the masses and hoarded by the wine nerds. This white grape thrives on steep foothill and mountaintop vineyards, where extremes of sun and cold winds temper this explosive white grape into a symphony of floral aroma and complex, layered tropical and stone fruit flavors. For around $20-$25, this one is worth the cash and a nice occasion for enjoying. Also, if you want to try this grape but don’t want to go above $20, try some Pinot Blanc from Alsace, which can be had more readily between $12 and $18 per bottle.

Seek out this wine. Pinot Bianco (Pinot Blanc elsewhere) from the Alto Adige is a wine often forgotten by the masses and hoarded by the wine nerds. This white grape thrives on steep foothill and mountaintop vineyards, where extremes of sun and cold winds temper this explosive white grape into a symphony of floral aroma and complex, layered tropical and stone fruit flavors. For around $20-$25, this one is worth the cash and a nice occasion for enjoying. Also, if you want to try this grape but don’t want to go above $20, try some Pinot Blanc from Alsace, which can be had more readily between $12 and $18 per bottle.