Frascati D.O.C.

Frascati is made from Malvasia bianca di Candia, 50%, Trebbiano toscano; Malvasia del Lazio (puntinata) 10-40%; Greco and/or Trebbiano giallo and/or Bellone and/or Bombino bianco, up to 30%; other local white varieties, up to 15%. Frascati is in the Lazio region and is located south-east of Rome. It was one of the first Italian wines to receive DOC status in 1966.

The genuine Frascati D.O.C. wine is a dry white wine, yellow pale in colour with golden glints, with "vinoso" (a perfume which brings to mind the must in the cellars), tasting fruity and full of body, with aromatics & flavors of ripe fruit, touches of honey and wild flowers.

Frascati is an ideal accompaniment to antipasti (appetizers), soup, first and second courses of fish and white meats, cheeses of medium maturity, as well as a fine aperitif. "Frascati Superiore" must have an alcoholic level no less than 11.5% in volume, whereas the production regulations determines the characteristic of sparkling wine.

Recommendations regarding typical dishes of Roman and Latium cuisine which go well with Frascati. Among first courses, soup of spelt, and certainly pasta with beans or chickpeas. Frascati goes excellently well with lentil soup or pasta and broccoli in ray (“arzilla”) broth. Bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, tagliatelle, fettuccine and of course spaghetti with cheese and pepper among pasta first courses.

With vegetable dishes, Frascati pairs nicely with artichokes done in the Roman style "alla giudia" (Jewish style), roasted mushrooms, peas with bacon, fried courgette flowers, fillets of salted cod, chicory, stuffed zucchini and the toasted dish "crostino alla provatura" (buffalo cheese crostini w/ or w/o anchovies).

The customary main courses are "Fritto alla romana" (fried brains, sweetbreads and artichokes); Saltimbocca (sliced veal rolled with prosciutto and sage and shallow-fried); chicken or rabbit cacciatore and roasted fish.

At desert (dolci) Frascati is enjoyed with puddings and cakes steeped in wine. Frascati also makes a traditional late harvest wine (vino dolce) called "Cannellino" which is golden yellow in color and has a high level of residual sugar.
It can be served with pastries, cookies, over ricotta gelato, and more.

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