The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board deserves some credit for making this relatively obscure white wine from the Benevento region outside of Naples Italy available for the first time in the United States. The Falanghina grape is believed to be related to Falerno, one of the most celebrated and acclaimed wines of ancient Rome.
The Feudi Sanniti winery takes this history very seriously, they claim they have researched and produced a clone of the ancient Falerno wine. If you want a clear statement of the European idea of terroir, here's what Feudi Sanniti says:
The magic and holy atmosphere of these places is sealed within the wine produced from this land, preserved in the taste and flavour of the mythology and history of the wine itself.
Feudi Sanniti men have not just simply used this land, consecrated to the vine and wine, but they have researched and reproduced a clone of the ancient wine. They have continued producing this wine, respecting the traditions and tastes of the past, without being influenced by the fashion of the present.
This wine has a beautiful golden color, a pleasant floral nose, and a velvety mouthfeel. It's modest, very much in the old world style, fresh tasting, a great pairing with the seafood and pasta dishes that are native to the region from where it is from. When you drink it, you'll feel the connection to the people, the place, and the history. Or...just make believe that you do. In any case this wine has a good back story to tell your guests.
Very available in Center City and the Mainline. We're buying more tomorrow.