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Alto Adige Wines

May 02, 2016 08:00 ET

Spring Drinking Guide: Alto Adige White Wines

From the Sunny Side of the Italian Alps

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 02, 2016) - Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's celebrate!" With this sentiment in mind, store the slow cooker and start planning for warm weather entertaining. The welcome arrival of delicate spring produce like ramps, fava beans, and asparagus inspires vegetable-focused menus which call for wines that will enliven not overpower. Turn to the crisp white wines of Alto Adige which offer lively citrus and floral notes with a backbone of minerality.

When pairing wines with lighter dishes, the secret is to keep a light touch and avoid overpowering wines with heavy oak or high alcohol. Instead, try Alto Adige whites which shine with refreshing acidity. Sommeliers around the word praise Alto Adige wines for their food-friendliness and versatility and these elegant white wines complement the vivid flavors of spring's bounty.

Hidden away in the Italian Alps, Alto Adige is blessed with a combination of 300 days of warm, Italian sunshine per year, along with brisk Alpine breezes. Vineyards at elevations ranging from 600 to 3,300 feet create ideal growing conditions for wines with true varietal character. Whether it's a picnic in the park or dinner on the patio, the white wines of Alto Adige will bring a touch of dolce vita to your gathering.

With appealing aromas of apples, pears, and citrus, Alto Adige Pinot Bianco is a perfect match for spring salads or seafood. The herbaceous quality of Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige pairs beautifully with asparagus and other vegetable dishes. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a spread of simple sandwiches with hearty bread, butter, and slices of radishes and grilled asparagus with shavings of fresh parmesan. For a sophisticated supper, try this asparagus risotto with gorgonzola and pear: http://goo.gl/FIhI4i.

Celebrate the season, with Alto Adige whites, at the pinnacle of quality and elegance. For more information visit www.altoadigewinesusa.com or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AAwines, and Instagram and Twitter at @AltoAdigeWines.

ALTO ADIGE / SÜDTIROL WINE MARKETING BOARD

The Alto Adige Wine Board was formed in 1975 by a group of winemaking companies to promote and strengthen the image of the wines from Alto Adige. The promotional campaigns are implemented by IDM Südtirol/Alto Adige on behalf of the Consortium of Alto Adige Wines. The Alto Adige Wine Board is active in Italy, Germany, Austria, England, Benelux, Russia, Japan, Switzerland, and in the United States.

ALTO ADIGE WINES PROVIT US MARKETING CAMPAIGN
The objectives of the PROVIT campaign, co-financed by the Italian State and the European Union, are to increase overall awareness of the DOC wines from Alto Adige, demonstrate their versatility with a wide range of foods, and showcase the diverse palette of wines that emanate from such a unique winegrowing region.

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