Friulano 2015, Visintini, Friuli, Italy
Andrea Visintini founded his winery in 1973, twenty-four hectares which cover some of the ‘sweet spots’ in Friuli of Collio and Collio Orientali. Recently fully certified as working entirely biodynamically in the vineyard, everything is now run by family members Oliviero and twin sisters Cinzia and Palmira. The Friulano varietal is indigenous to this north-eastern pocket of Italy, next door to Slovenia, and is capable of making some of the finest white wines in the country. This is one of the best selling wines at The River Cafe (£34), and its delicately scented charms were a blissful partner for the finest plate of pasta I’ve had all year, pillowy ravioli of fresh chestnuts wit buffalo ricotta and thyme. Service, food, buzz of the room: The River Cafe nails it, every time.