In a nutshell: A dry, crisp and refreshing Piedmontese white.
The lowdown: Favorita is a wine in you'll see in bars and restaurants in throughout Piedmont but it's not that widely seen over here. The grape is actually Vermentino and this is an excellent dry, crisp and refreshing example from Roero based Negro. Hand-picked and with just a few months in stainless steel on the lees to preserve aromatic freshness resulting in fresh and intense aromas of apple and citrus fruit leading onto a delicate and soft finish.
When to drink: A classic and quality Piedmontese aperitivo and salad/seafood wine.
The Negro family have been cultivating vineyards on Piedmont's Roero hills as far back as 1670. It wasn't until the twentieth century, however, that the estate in its current incarnation tok shape.
Angelo Negro started out with just 2 hectares of vines and it wasn't until his son Giovanni, the current owner, joined him that the enterprise started to take off. They built a cellar and winery in Monteu Roero and in 1971 produced the first dry Roero Arneis which has since become one of the trademark white wines of the area. The estate has now grown in size to approaching 70 hectares of vines on some of the best sites in the district. And today Angelo Negro e Figli are known as a specialist Roero Arneis producer which sit alongside several other cuvées in their impressive range.
The third generation of the family is now very much involved in the business and between them they run all aspects of the business.