Chiesa’s Arneis comes from a parcel of old vines that were planted in the early 1960s in sandy soil on a steep south-eastern exposure. The grapes are hand harvested, very gently pressed to avoid over-extraction, and fermented with ambient yeast in stainless steel. The wine shows a gold straw hue in the glass with rich notes of spiced pears, white peach, mandarin orange with pleasant hints of chlorophyll and a just a touch of almond flowers on the nose. The wine is full bodied, with a soft creamy texture brightened by focused acidity, drawing a delicate balance of ripe fruit without being perfumed or cloying. I think it would suit soft cheeses or rich egg dishes especially well, but Arneis can be paired widely; try it with everything from light vegetable dishes to pork chops or grilled chicken. Of course, Arneis is a pleasure to drink all on its own.