Wine of the Week: Riff Pinot Grigio
Riff Pinot Grigio comes from Trentino-Alto Adige, where the Italians speak German as well as Italian (before World War I, Trentino-Alto Adige was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire).
The name Riff means “reef” in German and it refers to the fact that the Alpine valley where the grapes for this wine are grown was once a seabed.
It’s the nature of the ancient subsoil there that gives this Pinot Grigio its wonderful mineral character. Indeed, one of the things that we love about this wine is that it marries the classic freshness and fruit flavors of great Italian Pinot Grigio with minerality and bright acidity, an ideal combination to create one of the world’s greatest food-friendly wines.
If you like Pinot Grigio, come check out the Riff: we think that you’ll love the complexity and structure of this wine.
Chef Harvey is pairing it today and tomorrow with his Sarde in Dolceforte: Fried, fresh Sardine filets with a sweet and sour sauce of caramelized onions, cracked red chili, currants, vinegar, and toasted pine nuts.