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Key red grapes of Friuli

The red wines of Friuli are the minority, and as mentioned in the video, overlooked.

The two most important grapes are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, each of which performs a bit different in Friuli compared to, say, Napa Valley or Bordeaux. The native red grape varieties are highly individualistic and in my opinion best enjoyed there in Friuli, surrounded by the local people and the local foods. It’s a cultural thing!

More links to learn about these varieites

Wine Searcher: Cabernet Franc

Avvinaire: Cabernet Franc in Friuli

Wine Searcher: Merlot

Venica and Venica: Info on the wine we popped during the video, and some cool info on Friuli Merlot in general

Wine Searcher: Pignolo

Vitium: The Wine Pignolo, An Italian Gem

Wine Searcher: Refosco and Terrano

Wine Folly: Refosco

Wine Searcher: Schioppettino

Vinepair: This Italian Grape (Schioppettino) is Back From Extinction Thanks To One Winemaker