Soave is a town in Northeast Italy--it is not a grape; nor is it a brand name of Bolla, the bulk wine producer that made some classic 1970s ads that were probably partly responsible for the decline in Soave's reputation in the U.S. Still, Soave is one of the most popular dry white wines of Italy, and for good reason. A blend made predominantly from the Garganega grape, Soave is known for its rich mouthfeel and for citrus, melon, and almond flavors.
For those who think PLCB offers no bargains, this Soave from Pieropan is a Chairman's Selection, selling for $12.99 but quoted at $20 on winesearcher.com and widely recommended. Our bottle had strong melon and mineral notes on the nose, a rich smooth mouthfeel and lemon lime on the palate. Up front there was a bit of tingy-tangyness, perhaps indicating that this one is past its prime. Still available at some PA stores. Paired with simple pasta with ricotta, tomato and basil--a great alternative to Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.