The Maculan Pino and Toi Veneto 2010 ($5.99 PLCB code: 32270) is a fantastically good value for a summer white quaffing wine! Hailing from the Veneto Region of North East Italy, this wine is less known than many of the Veneto’s most popular wine types (Prosecco, Amarone and Valopolicella to name a few) but the Veneto region bottles more DOC wine than any other region in Italy, so it is not surprising to find a good value in such a high volume producing region.
Produced from 60% Tocai, 25% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Grigio, the Maculan Pino and Toi is very light yellow color and lightness is the wine’s main theme. Light whites are perfect for picnics, aperitifs, and lounging outside on warm days. This wine delivers apple and lemon aromas with flavors that include light floral and citrus that are nicely balanced followed by a clean, snappy finish. As a wine to start an evening meal, or just sip with light appetizers, a better value is difficult to imagine, in fact it was at the start of a meal in which a food-focused-friend of mine introduced me to this wine. I consider this good luck, because at this price point ($5.99 in PA with a claimed original retail price of $15), I cannot think of a good reason not to purchase several bottles to have at the ready, just in case a nice, warm summer evening turns into an impromptu picnic opportunity.