(Arneis pronunciation: Ahr-NASE)
The Arneis grape is a white wine variety from the Roero subregion of Italy’s renowned Piedmont wine region. Arneis can also be found growing in California, Australia, and New Zealand. The name Arneis comes from the Piedmontese term meaning “little rascal,” given its complications when growing. The grape can be low yielding, is susceptible to powdery mildew, struggles to retain useful levels of acidity in warm seasons, and as a wine is prone to oxidation.
Arneis wine is full bodied and carries a floral aroma with it. The pale golden colored Arneis wine has tasting notes of pear, apricot, tangerine, and hazelnut. Most of the Arneis wines are vinified in stainless steel vats, but can sometimes be aged or fermented in oak. When aged in oak barrels, creamier wines emerge. There is also a rare, sweet wine produced in miniscule amounts known as Arneis Passito.
Less intense foods are the best to pair with Arneis wines. Some examples are spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, creamy pastas, chicken, turkey, and fish.
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