I find a great pleasure in pairing food and wine. Well, I always find pleasure in wine and also in food, so putting them together is just the icing on the cake. Last year I was able to have a dinner like this in which food matched wine and wine matched food. I don’t remember the food, sorry, but I know this: the wines were very good. And those I remember well. Ok, I remember they were good, but luckily for me, Iñigo, a friend of mine, has an app for helping my memory store the wines I keep and those that I enjoy. So I checked the app and found the wines we enjoyed last year.

The occasion was an American Football camp in Trieste, Italy. One Saturday night they took us one hour away from Trieste for dining in a restaurant owned by a winery, Tenuta Di Angoris, located in Cormons, in the Northeastern corner of Italy. The meal was great and it matched a Villa Locatelli Friulano 2014 (DOC Isonzo del Friuli), Angoris Chardonnay 2013 (DOC Friuli Colli Orientali), Angoris Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso 2012 (DOC Friuli Colli Orientali), Modolet Bianco Brut, a sparkling wine, and Angoris Picolit 2010 (DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli), a sweet wine. The dinner ended in the best possible way, with a private visit to the winery with Alessandro Dal Zovo, Angoris winemaker. Since then I have enjoyed a few bottles of this winery, including a superb Angoris Schioppettino 2013.

So this winery has been in the back of my mind ever since so I decided to write a bit about them.

What are the main characteristics of Tenuta Di Angoris? They have a lot, of course, but I will tell you about two of them: Angoris was founded by Locatello Locatelli in the year 1648. Yes, 1648. 368 years ago. That’s a lot. Locatelli was an officer in Emperor of Austria Ferdinand III’s army and after the Thirty-year war he was awarded with the lands where the winery is located. So we are facing a estate producing wine for a long time now.

The second aspect I find really interesting is that Tenuta Di Angoris is the only winery that owns land and produces wine in the three different DOCs in Friuli: DOC Isonzo, DOC Collio and DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli. 130 hectares of vineyards producing 800.000 bottles a year

Angoris has two different lines of wines and both of them offer single-varietal wines: Villa Locatelli comes after the name of the family currently owning the Tenuta and they offer nine wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio are the international varietals and Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso and Friulano are the local varietals. Villa Locatelli is the entry line, the one with wines easier to drink

The second line of production is Angoris. Here they offer 15 wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot are the international varietals and Friulano, Picolit, Refosco Del Peduncolo Rosso, Ribolla-Gialla, Schioppettino, Spiule, Collio, Ravòst and Pignolo are the local varietals. This line has more medium to full-bodied wines with more structure and tannins.

Angoris also elaborates a Verduzzo-Friulano, a sweet wine and also five sparkling wines: Modolet Bianco, Modolet Giallo, Modolet Rosé, 1648 White and 1648 Rosé.

Alessandro Dal Zovo is their winemaker and we will have time to talk to him about their wines produced in these three important DOCs in Friuli.

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