When it comes to Gambero Rosso, one immediately reckons it's about quality. The first food&wine editorial network in Italy since 1986, Gambero Rosso's “the best” guides are widely respected for their accuracy and their passion-driven professionality. Alongside the publishing activity, Gambero Rosso also flaunts its own TV (with food&wine related programs) and its own academy.
FVG best wines, according to Gambero Rosso
The wine guide's title, “Tre Bicchieri”, refers to the top vote a wine can get: three glasses (literally “tre bicchieri”). A three glasses-rating means a wine belongs to the best wines' list, and in Friuli Venezia Giulia 26 wines were awarded such honour in the “Tre Bicchieri 2021”.
Surprisingly, all top FVG wines happen to be white ones, thus confirming – so Gambero Rosso believes – the territory's natural, long-standing penchant for them. Five three-glasses ratings were credited to wines made with Friulano, a native grape: among them, those by Tenuta Stella and by Schiopetto whose “M Schiopetto 2018” was also acknowledged by James Suckling, famed US wine critic and Wine Spectator's ex editor in chief, as second best Italian white wine in his 2020 Summer chart.
Sauvignon also had its share, with six labels in the top list, like Borgo Conventi's, Russiz Superiore's and Vie di Romans'. Polje's Pinot Grigio is the only one in the chart, while several Pinot Bianco also appear in the list, like Vigneti Le Monde's and Doro Princic's. Two Ribolla Gialla also got three glasses: Damijan Podversic's and Draga-Miklus'.
From an overall observation of the FVG results, we can say that the Collio's area once again confirmed itself as the land of wine, with 13 out of 26 (half of them!) wines rewarded with the top rating. Quite a performance, indeed!
FVG best bars? Go to Palmanova and Trieste
As to the best bars and coffee shops, Gambero Rosso's top rating is “tre tazzine &tre chicchi” (literally, “three coffee cups and three coffee beans”). The guide, sponsored by Trieste-based coffee producer Illy Caffè, was presented online a few days ago by Laura Mantovano, Gambero Rosso's editor in chief, with almost all the awarded owners' attendance and a message from Massimiliano Pogliani, Illy Caffè's CEO. Only two bars in Friuli Venezia Giulia are among the best ones in the “Bar d'Italia 2021” guide: as they say in Italy, “pochi ma buoni”, or “few but good”!
One of them is Caffetteria Torinese in Palmanova (Udine), which has been a regular in Gambero Rosso's lists for quite a long time. It also gained the “Best Italian Bar” title in 2011, and is now among the chart's “Stelle” (stars), a very exclusive entourage of bars featuring a ten year (or more) presence in the best ones' top list. Founded back in 1938 and facing the stunning Piazza Grande, it's been run with deep commitment and dedication by Nereo Ballestriero and Marina Macor since 1995. «This bar has been with us for quite a long time – said Mantovano when presenting it – but it would be somehow diminishing to refer to it only as a simple bar. It's a terrific place and full of ideas, where breakfasts, lunch breaks and aperitivos are really special».
The other one is Caffè Vatta in Opicina, Trieste. Supplying carefully selected local products, a 350 wines' list and home-made delicacies and ice creams, it appeals to customers for its fresh and creative breakfasts, lunches and dinners too.
So if you look for a simple break, combined with quality too, now you know where to head to when in Friuli Venezia Giulia!