#newwinethisweek Week 13 – Falanghina, Campania
I have developed a real soft spot for Italian whites; they seem to have gone slightly out of fashion but I get quite excited when I see a list that includes the likes of Gavi, Verdicchio, Soave, Orvieto and Fiano. Another white Italian grape that has started grabbing my attention recently is Falanghina. The grape variety is grown close to the coast in Campania, on the volcanic soils of Vesuvius, north of Naples; and this is my choice for week 13 of #newwinethisweek.
You can certainly expect a fresh citrus tang from Falanghina and there are notes of apple, pear and a bit of herb and spice in the better examples. In fact, Falanghina is a great all-rounder that certainly won’t break the bank. I read with interest that one of the famous food matches for Falanghina in Italy is Pizza con pera, noci e rucola (pizza with pear, walnuts and rocket), however it goes very well with most pizza, any selection of seafood, and light pasta dishes; or just pop open a bottle in the afternoon and sip it while reading a book (or checking Twitter) in the garden!
You certainly won’t struggle to find a bottle on the supermarket shelves and there are plenty of recommendations under a tenner this week…
Winemakers’ Selection Falanghina del Beneventano 2012, Campania, Italy (Sainsbury’s £6.99)
Tesco Finest* Falanghina 2012, Puglia, Italy (Tesco £6.99)
Triade Fiano/Falanghina/Greco 2012, Campania, Italy (Waitrose £8.99)
Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2012, Campania, Italy (Co-op £6.49)
Falanghina Beneventano IGT 2012, Campania, Italy (M&S £6.49)
Feudi de San Gregorio Falanghina Albente 2012, Campania, Italy (Wine & The Vine £9.50)
Janare Falanghina del Sannio 2013, Campania, Italy (The Wine Society £6.95)
Now all you have to do is buy a bottle and tell us what you think! All we ask is that you come back here during the week, give your Falanghina experience a score out of 10 and leave a tasting note in the comments section.
Where will Flanaghina end up on the #newwinethisweek leaderboard?