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      Your guide to arneis

      If there's one wine that refuses to become extinct and forgotten, it's arneis wine. This crisp white wine is making a comeback after a period of near extinction. A kind soul believed more people deserved to appreciate this particular variety and brought it back to life.

      The history and revival of arneis

      Native to the Piedmont region in Italy, this white grape has a turbulent past. It was almost completely extinct by the 1960s, with very little land dedicated to producing the grapes. The decline of the arneis grape and arneis white wine in the region is largely due to the area being known for red varieties. Luckily, winemaker Alfredo Currado came along to save the day, and now there are plenty of acres dedicated to this grape. Today, the grapes grow in New Zealand, neighboring Australia and far-off California.

      Within the Piedmont region, Roero, a small area with gently sloping hills, has been instrumental in keeping arneis alive. One of its main wine varieties is roero arneis wine. Over time, the region increased production of arneis and helped spread awareness of the variety. It became a DOC white wine in 1985, and, in 2006, graduated to Italy's highest level, DOCG. In Italy, DOC stands for Denomination of Controlled Origin, while DOCG means Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin.

      Flavor profile

      Wine connoisseurs know this particular white wine for its crisp and dry qualities, as well as the fruity flavors, low tannins and low acidity. Usually, the golden or straw-colored wine carries the flavors of sweet honey, crisp apples, tart peaches, as well as some nutmeg and almond notes for added flavor.

      Food pairing suggestions

      Some wines pair well with dishes that have loads of spices, but this is not the case for arneis wine. The light body of this wine is ideal for simpler dishes, such as chicken, creamy pasta and grilled fish. Herbs also do well with a bottle of arneis. When you sit down for dinner, don’t forget to raise a glass and cheer the man who saved this hidden gem of white wine. All hail Alfredo Currado, a legend in our eyes!

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