Varietal Composition: Tocai Friulano at up to 50%, with significant fractions of Peverella and Forastera; small additions of Pinot Grigio, Melon de Bourgogne, or Fiano may be included. Tocai Friulano is the favorite indigenous grape of Friuli in NE Italy, hard by the Slovenian border. The winemakers here do wonders with Pinot Grigio but the Tocai is their go-to grape with the largest acreage planted among the whites. It has a slightly earthy, perhaps rustic character. Peverella is from the Trentino area in north-central Italy and is grown in the foothills of the Alps, ideally adapting it to our Sierra Foothill environs; low pH and good acidity with unique but unobtrusive varietal character. Personal research indicates it may actually be a clone of the better known variety Verdicchio. Forastera is an island grape in Italy and is responsible for at least half of the wine known as Ischia Bianco Superiore on the island of Ischia just south of Capri. Forastera has nice mineral notes on the finish. Fiano is a mainland southern Italian variety which is highly regarded and occurs in both blends and as a varietal wine, e.g. Fiano di Avellino.