What’s in My Glass? Frascati

In one of my favorite wine books, The Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expertthe author describes wine as a “grocery, not a luxury.”  I’ve taken that advice to heart, but the sad result is that groceries are often wasted.

With wines, it’s usually because I fall asleep drinking them.

My favorite wine to fall asleep with continues to be Frascati, a simple and comforting white wine from a hilly town just outside of Rome.


Like a fantastic night without any hints of snobbery or pretension, Frascati is simple, charming, and inexpensive. Most recently, I had sweet dreams after sipping theCasale Marchesi 2013 Frascati Superiore which tasted slightly tropical, and had delicious herbal notes.

That’s a lot like the actual town of Frascati, from which the wine gets its name.  I visited the region in the spring of 2011, and have been in love with the stuff ever since.  The volcanic soils here have been pushing up grapevines since the Roman era, and it’s a town completely sans snobbiness when it comes to food, wine, and tourism.


They won’t serve you wine in stemware, but in small tumblers. No fancy rosemary crackers, moon-shaped cookies from the supermarket instead. Or olives from the tiny enoteca nearby. The vino tastes good regardless, and pairs easily with most mild poultry, fish dishes, and hard cheese.

It’s a BYOB–Bring Your Own Bottle–setup at many of these eateries and tiny wineshops as well.

Next time you’re debating wine vs. tea at night, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle of Frascati. Invite dreams of quaint Italian villages, and have a little love affair with the flirty, floral Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.

Frascati Uncorked:

Laura Loves: Wine in stemless glassware like rocks glasses, tumblers, or  a can.

Frascati wines normally clock in at under $15/bottle, making falling asleep while drinking them no big deal.

Fun Facts: Frascati is allegedly the favorite wine of Popes.

Wine labelled Frascati can be red, white, rosé, or sparkling. “Frascati Superiore” can only be white.

Grapes have been cultivated in Frascati since 5,000 B.C.

Italian Wine Words for Dummies:

wine = Vino (Vee-No)

glass = Bicchiere (Bee-KEY-air-ay)

tasting = Degustazione (Day-GOOSE-sta-gi-OH-nay)

Disgusting! = Disgustoso! (Dis-GOOSE-oh-so)

Delicious! = Delicioso! (You get it.)

  • October 23, 2014
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