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San Antonio Winery's 'Taste of Italy'

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Written with Greg Thompson

Sunday October 18, San Antonio Winery held their last wine festival of the season. The winery's Taste Of Italy paired regional Italian Foods with the wines of Italy. Italians are starting to incorporate recently learned California wine making styles. But it’s important to note that their wines are still generally dry, high in acid and need to be paired with food to show their best attributes.

Italian Sparkling wines have become increasingly dry as well, though America used to be mostly familiar with the sweet muscat grapes of Asti Spumante. The first region on San Antonio's list was

Ruggeri Prosecco Gold Label. Produced by fermenting Prosecco grapes dry, this wine had an explosive aroma full of fruit and flowery notes. The rich creamy mousse carried the balanced flavors through the long dry finish. Salads can be hard to pair with wine, but the Grilled Radicchio with mushrooms and a not too vinegary Balsamic Dressing worked beautifully.