Bella Diva is a classically styled Delle Venezie IGT Pinot Grigio. It is gently pressed with no skin maceration. Bella Diva is then fermented in large stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for 36 days. This wine boasts primary aromas of quince, lemon peel, and peach skin. Secondary notes of rye bread, wild delicate white flowers, and crushed quartz emerge as the wine breathes.
Pairings: Cream based pasta, chicken soup, cured pork, grilled octopus, steamed vegetable, crab cocktail, roasted beets, pan seared halibut, and semi firm cheeses.
At its most basic, Pinot Gris/Grigio is a refreshing white wine that, served chilled and is the perfect respite from a hot summer’s day.
While most believe Pinot Grigio originated in Italy, it was actually born, like many of the most popular grapes of the world, in France, where it is known as Pinot Gris. Thought to be a mutation of the red grape Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris’ skins are not green like other white grapes, but instead have a greyish blue hue, which is what gives them their name.
The wine was born in Burgundy but found its way to Switzerland in the 1300s, where it was considered a favorite of the Emperor. From here the grape made its way to northern Italy, and the real story of Pinot Grigio was born.
In Italy, Pinot Gris became Pinot Grigio and the wine found wide success in the regions of Northeastern Italy: Lombardy, the Veneto, Friuli, Trentino and Alto Adige. From its footing in northern Italy, the wine grew to become the most popular white wine in all of Italy, and then the most popular imported white wine in the U.S.