Mia Francesca Trattoria

Restaurant Raleigh
4100 Main at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-278-1525

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Italian White Wine Varietals Presented By Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Come to Mia Francesca Trattoria, located in Raleigh at North Hills, for the best authentic Italian cuisine.  We launched our Italian wine series recently with a brief history of winemaking and since followed it  by discussing the famous  Italian wine regions.  Last week we posted our most recent article on red wine varietals and this week we offer a review of Italian white wines from Mia Francesca’s wine list.

Although Italy is better known for its wonderful array of red wines, Italy’s white wines, especially Pinot Grigio, are very pleasant when compared to France, Germany, and Northern California. Tuscany, where our culinary roots come from, offers a very flavorful array of excellent white wines. The rich and sweet flavor of native Italian white grapes bring pleasure to the tables at Mia Francesca Trattoria and they go extremely well with our light seafood dishes, fresh salmon, and delicious desserts. Italian wine and our locally fresh food pairings make our dining experience a unique one. Of course, the finest Italian white wine is good all by itself, poured into a tall glass and savored with friends and family.

White Wine Varietals of Italy

Here are six excellent examples of white wines in the Italian White Wine Selection:

  • Chardonnay—described as the “king of white wines”; Chardonnay is easy-to-grow, versatile, and is planted throughout Italian White Wine Varietals Italy. It is also an important component of Champagne.
  • Pinot Grigio—comes from a large wine producing region in Northeastern Italy; grapes can vary widely in color from silvery blue to grayish violet to ashen yellow; when produced the wines are white to slightly pink in color; the taste is crisp, light, and dry.
  • Riesling—considered to be one of the world’s greatest white wine grapes; a balance of good acid and high sugar levels produces wines with considerable aging potential; taste is delicate, but complex as well as spicy, but fruity in flavor; a long finish. 
  • Grechetto—grown in Italy’s Umbria region, delightfully rich and nutty in character.
  • Soave—Italy’s most popular dry white wine, located in the Western part of Italy’s Veneto area (east of Verona and around the town of Soave.)
  • Arneis—a white wine grape that originated and is primarily grown in the Roero hills of Italy’s Southern Piedmont; once nearly extinct, it has made a good comeback in recent years; it can produce very good wines with the fragrant characteristics of apples, pears, and a hint of licorice.

Remember our pairing principles include delicious foods and wonderful wines for our special guests. Our Monday wine specials make the start of the week as enjoyable as one can get with 50% off all wines from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Mia Francesca Trattoria offers private dining options as well as quality catering in the Raleigh area.  Either way, you taste incredible authentic Italian cuisine while you make memories with family and friends.

**Make Mia Francesca in North Hills a part of your weekend memories, your Autumn gatherings, and your business meetings and networking events. Show us off to your favorite out-of-town guests and business associates by letting them experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

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4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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Italian Red Wine Varietals Presented by Mia Francesca Trattoria

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

All of the major Italian Red Wine varietals are served in our restaurant are unique both in flavor and aroma; the best Italy will ever serve. It is interesting to note that red wines are a classification of wine made from typically dark-colored (black) grape varieties.  The actual color of these wines can range from intense violet, typical of young wines to brick red for mature and brown for mature red wines.

Are you looking for one of the best special occasion restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina?  Come visit Mia Francesca Trattoria Italian Red Wine Varietalslocated in the heart of Raleigh’s Mid-town at North Hills. Convenient to everywhere in the Triangle, our central location makes us easy to find. We specialize in private rooms for parties, large and small, that include wedding rehearsal dinners, business meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and anniversary dinners. Our indoor and outdoor dining areas are perfect for those smaller more intimate celebrations.

Our extensive wine list is always an excellent addition to our menu as you enjoy the best in Northern Italian cuisine and ambiance.

Here are six excellent examples of the Mia Francesca Selection:

  • Villa Girardi Amarone: A lusty, full-bodied wine, made with partially-dried Corvina grapes grown in the Veneto region of Italy
  • Portocamaro Barbera D’Alba: A varietal wine produced mainly in the Piedmont region of Italy, an intense berry flavor, so versatile it goes well with a variety of good foods
  • Chiarlo “Totoniano” Barolo Nebbiolo: A dry, full-bodied magisterial wine from Nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo area of the Piedmont of Italy, has complex aromas and flavors
  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Reserva:  A very dry, select medium-bodied, with lovely tart-cherry flavor, mainly from Sangiovese grapes grown in the Chianti area of Tuscany, Italy
  • Novaia Valpolicella: A medium-bodied wine comes mainly from Corvina grapes in the Valpolicella area of the Veneto region of Italy
  • Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano: A medium-bodied wine with red cherry flavor, made from Sangiovese grapes in Montepulciano, in the Tuscany region of Italy

In our first post in this special Mia Francesca Wine Series, we discussed the brief history of winemaking, which we followed by exploring the unique and different wine regions in Italy.  Next week, we will discuss white wines. We hope you find this series informative and useful.

In addition to our fabulous wine selections, we have the best authentic Italian pizza and the best authentic Italian pasta in the Triangle area!

At Mia Francesca, you will always enjoy the best.

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Check out Mia Francesca’s participation in the Iron Chef Challenge at the Midtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 28th from 9-1130 a.m. on the Commons. Our very own Executive Chef Zachary VanGaasbeek, is one of the Culinary All Stars and we need you to come down and cheer him on!

Experience the “Best in the Triangle” Northern Italian cuisine right here in North Hills, the heart of Raleigh’s Midtown.

If you like recipes, you should check out the video demonstration of our Executive Chef Zach’s making traditional Italian Biscotti

Check out all of our Italian Food recipes!

Visit us here at http://miafrancescaraleigh.com

Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu | Gluten Free Menu | Brunch menu | Weekly Restaurant Specials | Wine List

Mia Francesca Trattoria

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 278-1525

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