Ask Sid: What is Arneis?

August 21st, 2019
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Question: I noticed that red wine producer Moon Curser who were voted best small winery in Canada also make a white Arneis. What is that?

Answer: Yes the innovative Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos BC were just awarded Best Small Winery at the 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada. They are growing lots of interesting different red grape varieties that are performing well in the heat of this region with global warming – like Tannat, Tempranillo, and Touriga Nacional. Also do two whites with the underrated “Afraid of the Dark” Rhone-blend of Viognier, Roussanne & Marsanne and Arneis. This latter one is primarily grown in the Roero hills of Piedmont Italy on their sandy chalky soils with DOCG status since 2006. It varies in style there from the usual dry fresh citric apricot-tangerine notes to a riper richer creamy more fleshy textured version. Moon Curser describe their Arneis as “elegant, crisp with floral, citrus and mineral notes.” Check it out.


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August 21st, 2019

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