by Fred McMillin
for July 30, 1997

Romeo, Juliet and Soave


  • East of Italy's lovely Lake Garda, at romantic Verona, you can visit the houses of the Montagues and Capulets. You can stand in the courtyard and gaze up at Juliet's balcony and visualize the poetic trysts of the fated lovers...From the vineyards around the nearby ancient walled city of Soave[swah-vay] comes a really suave white wine of the same name. ...from the 6th Edition of Grossman's Guide to Wine

  • The best Soave are Classico Superiore, from hillside vineyards, rather than the plains. ...from Burton Anderson's Wine Atlas of Italy.
The Rest of the Story: Alright, Italy's most romantic white wine is Soave Classico Superiore. One of the most respected producers is Roberto Anselmi. His father left him a 15 million-bottle winery and some of those coveted Soave hillside vineyards. From them he has produced a more intensely-flavored Soave by reducing yields through dense planting, clone selection, severe pruning, etc. All those interested in Italian white wines MUST try this one...only $10.

1996 Soave Classico Superiore
Roberto Anselmi Winery
Monteforte d'Alpone, Verona, Italy
Contact—If you can't reach Roberto at (045)7611488 in Italy, try his New York rep, Marsha Palanci, (212)605-0370.
Food Affinity—Roberto's versiion has considerable more soc than traditional Soave. Serve with well-seasoned pasta, poultry and fish dishes.

Postscript: There are several versions of how the name Soave originated. My favorite is that a writer found the wine mild and soft, or in Italian, "soave." Thus, were named both the town and the wine. Oh yes, the writer's name? Dante!

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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