Wine of the Week: 2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc ‘Ronco delle Mele’

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc " Ronco delle Mele”

A single sip of this stunning Sauvignon Blanc from northeastern Italy immediately gets your attention. The 2009 Venica & Venica “Ronco delle Mele” is one intense mouthful, ripe yet fresh, with an overlay of citrus and flowers and a lingering finish.

At the holiday table, it makes a great alternative to Chardonnay, and it’s a wonderful foil for chilled shellfish, lobster or spicy Thai or Szechuan dishes.


— S. Irene Virbila

Region: Friuli, Italy

Price: $28 to $35

Style: Rich and spicy

What it goes with: Shellfish, lobster, seafood risotto, Asian food

Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; Wally’s Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,