Wines that Rock: Refosco - The Venetians are keeping this gem from us!
I sometimes wonder about those wines we think of as hidden gems. Are they unknown because other wines are marketed heavier than they are? Or do the locals focus on keeping these wines a secret from us? With Refosco I am convinced that the Venetians are doing their best to hide this amazing red wine away from the rest of the world.
I can’t be right though? Am I? How has this beautiful red wine gone unnoticed so long? Sure we have a taste for Italian wines in the United States and that gets dominated by Tuscan blends and Nebbiolo. On the outskirts we fall in love with the humble Barbara and get blown away by the rich Aglianico and Barolo wines. Hardly any Refosco ends up in the United States, in fact very little even leaves Veneto. Yet somehow a bottle of Refosco managed to find its way onto my table while at dinner with some friends at Boston’s SRV. We ordered just about everything on the menu so it was hard to pick any one wine, but Ted Hawkins the manager and wine director nudged us towards a Refosco heavy wine. No shit though right? We should have a Venetian wine at a restaurant inspired by Venetian cuisine?
The wine in question, as Ted put it, was a minimal interventionist wine. Music to my ears, or for anybody who found a new love for natural wines. Medium bodied, not too high in acidity, some good earthy tones giving it the ability to stick up to some of our lighter fare but also keep up with the ridiculously rich and fucking delicious white truffle risotto. I could smell it as soon as it was in front of me, Refosco wines were about to become my jam! And it was, as myself, my girlfriend, and my friends old and new lapped up every drop of it. This was a happy drinking wine, something we could enjoy as we laughed and shared the craziest stories of our lives. Somehow the wine just seemed to bring that out of us.
God dammit! How is it that a wine so good is so damn rare? How is it that this beautiful medium bodied red wine was going to be so hard to find again? Still my search goes on for more Refosco wines or more Venetian wines in which Refosco takes a starring role in the blend. Thats when I realized that this wine was almost too good to share. If I was not such a caring man, and I doubt that I really am to begin with, I would have kept that bottle of wine all to myself. I totally get it now. Who could blame the Venetians for holding this wine from us? This is a wine made for intimate nights with close friends. Refosco is a wine for getting close, sharing tales, talking shit, and telling dad jokes if that is your thing. They can try and keep it away from me, but I am going to do my best to lap up every drop of Refosco when and where I can. Apologies in advance to my friends for trying to keep it all to myself.