TRAMINER

Today’s flavor is isolated from a duo of flavors that blend together and create the amazingly synergistic white wine from La Petraia, named Segreto. 

traminerTraminer grapes have an interesting history. It is believed that the original varietal was a green skinned, white grape cultivated in Tramin, South Tyrol, which is in Northern Italy. Over the centuries it has made its way down the slopes and into various other vineyards across Europe and beyond. The traminer grape is a very close relative of the sauvignon grape and is quite versatile as far as white wine grapes go. It apparently adapts well to its environment, taking on the influences of its growing environment and viniculture.  In this particular blend of Segreto, the Traminer grape is blended with Voigner to become a gentle white wine that is sweet, but not overly so, and mellow with hints of honey, lavender and oak. All of which can be found in the close proximity of these grapes as they grow to maturity.

Personally, I typically do not drink white wines, however, this Primaia Segreto is amazing. Understanding the influence of terroir, coupled with a deep appreciation for all things authentically created, provides a great foundation for the pure enjoyment of Primaia Segreto. One reason I have not necessarily enjoyed white wine is because I assumed, erroneously, that it was less healthy than white. However, being the research geek that I am, I decided to find out if that was indeed true. Surprise! I found quite a bit of current research touting the benefits of white wine grapes. In fact, current research suggests that it is packed with almost every bit of benefit that red one contains. For example, red wine has been applauded as a heart healthy friend, but lo and behold, so is white. Even more interestingly, the heart healthy benefits of the white grape are not derived from the same source. In red wine it is the resveratrol that contributes to much its reputation for health; however in white wine it is a different antioxidant entirely. Tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol, both of which are also found in olive oil, and are what contribute to the beneficial reputation of the Mediterranean diet. Research on white wine also shows promise for helping regulate blood sugar and decreasing instance of diabetes, as well as activating specific anti-aging genes thought initially to only respond to resveratrol.

whitewineIf you are really thinking to add wine to your health arsenal, you will want to be sure that you are purchasing “cleanly” processed wines, organic and/or biodynamic when possible as with the wines from La Petraia. Trust me on this one, before you begin assuming that organic wines are too expensive or unobtainable, you will be surprised to know that there are some very inexpensive and well made wines from organic and sustainably farmed vineyards. If you are drinking cheap, conventional wines you are often killing off the amazing benefits with the chemical processing that occurs so it ends up being an unhealthy option. This is slightly less true for ‘old world’ wines which have some pretty strict processing rules in both Italy and France  even if they aren’t organic.

As with all things delicious, and especially alcoholic, moderation is key...  and if you’ve been limiting your palate to reds because you think it’s healthier, I hope this inspires you to broaden your horizons. It definitely has inspired me.

If you want to know more about La Petraia, check them out here. They have an amazing and heartwarming history that is worthy of accolades and deep appreciation. They are also about really amazing food and sustainable practices... I'm sure I'll be blogging more about them in the future.