Arden and I found this wine during a trip to Italy. It was everything we were looking for in a wine. It was fresh, crisp and light while also being complex. One sip and we knew we had to bring it back to share with our members. Daniele Drius is a young vintner based in the village of Brazzano di Cormons, along the region’s eastern border with Slovenia. He inherited a small farm from his grandfather, and over the past ten years he’s been re-planting vines and implementing organic and biodynamic practices in the process. The location allows both mountain air and sea air to influence the vines, which is the key to the region’s success with whites: vines are refreshed every evening with the mist of the mountain air, which lengthens the growing season to heighten aromatics and preserve acidity, but there’s also enough warmth and sun to deliver ripeness and depth. A winning combination. The Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region literally has a lot of names, which it lives up to. Bordering Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea, it is a multicultural zone that has changed hands many times. When parts of Italy were ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Trieste was the capital, and a more Germanic culture flourished. This history makes the region (and the wine) feel like an eclectic mix of the romance of Italy with the cleanness and elegance of Austria.