I recently traveled to the East Coast to visit a dear friend and discovered a new favorite wine, nestled among other delightful experiences. We initially enjoyed this wine on the first eve of my visit.  The name Orvieto caught my attention. 


At our wedding reception, a topiary rested on each table listing select cities in Italy on the brim of each painted pot, along with a bottle of red and white wine for our guest to enjoy during the social hour.  At the entrance, we had little travel passes to designate table settings for our guests.   A few of the topiaries remain and rest quietly in the corner of our dining room as a symbol of our blessed day.  I can’t bear to part with them.

Orvieto had resonated with me because we had used this name for the family table, where our parents and grandparents were seated.  It was handpicked off a map for no particular reason.  I liked how the word looked and the way it rolled off my tongue.  We didn’t get a chance to visit Orvieto on our honeymoon.  We ventured to Roma, Sienna, and Venezia as our primary stops.  I think that means a return trip is in order.  *smiles and winks* 

This city stole a special place in my heart back in 2005 and I will continue to cherish it with new meaning and memories made in 2012, thanks to my friend Mo and this new wine find. 

Here are some details from Ruffino for better insight into this delicious white.  Lovely.  Light.  Delightful. Perfect for summer. 

Winemaker Notes


Selected grapes from the most vocated growing locations within the Orvieto Classico DOC area in Umbria, since the word Classico means “traditional”.


The grapes are harvested in the first half of September. They are then destemmed, crushed and gently pressed.

The must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats.

Orvieto Classico presents an alcohol content:12% vol.


Colour: Brilliant straw yellow

Aroma: The bouquet is very pleasant and fragrant, characterized by neat sensations of citrus fruits and golden apples, on a flowery background that reminds fresh hints of meadow flowers and a persistent vegetal note of sage.

Tasting profile: At the palate firstly stands out an excellent freshness, well-balanced by a pleasant roundness, featured by notes of meadow flowers and golden apples. The aftertaste is long and fragrant, with hits of fresh almond.

I invite you to enjoy Orvieto Classico just as soon as you can.  It is delicious in every way and promises to suit your palate and your pocketbook.

Off to buy a case…Cin cin!

P.S. Have you discovered a new favorite wine recently?  Feel free to leave a note in the comments section.  I’d love to hear about you wine adventures.


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