A view of Veneto. Photo: derUltes, Flickr
Soave is a deeply complex white wine. Its rich, mineral flavors make it a really refreshing alternative to two common (and trite) styles of white wine: an oak-y Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc with tropical-fruit notes. Very clean and approachable, the light-bodied Soave is good to have on-hand when entertaining many different palates.
All Soave is made in Italy's Veneto region (in northeast Italy, near Verona). There are actually three Soave classifications: Soave DOC, Soave Classico DOC (made from grapes vinified in Soave and Monteforte d'Alpone) and Recioto di Soave Superiore DOCG (strict regulations for planting, and limited to specific hillside sites; you might see these referred to as "Riserva").
After the jump, see our Soave picks.