Friuli, Italy

For almost a hundred years, the Cecchini family has been living and breathing wine. Located in Colli Orientali del Friuli, Orsaria is a country village surrounded by the alluvial hills. The name Orsaria is believed to derive from the bears (‘orso’ in Italian) that once lived in the local woodlands. Today the wooded slopes have been cleared to make extensive areas available for viticulture. In 2005, Marco Cecchini established a negociant business, buying grapes from carefully selected small-scale local growers and vinifying them in his modern winery. Here, his family releases D’Orsaria wines from the winery at Orsaria, near Premariacco. Though protected from harsh north winds by the Julian Alps in Slovenia, Colli Orientali is still a cool region with a continental climate. Working with native varietals such as Ribolla Gialla, Tocai, Verduzzo, Friulano and Refosco, d’Orsaria also employs international grapes such as Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Franc.  
'Bear' Pinot Grigio IGT
Elegant, subtle straw-yellow appearance with the characteristic aromas of acacia blossom and toasted almonds. Fresh-tasting and supple. Pair with grilled fish, poultry, mild cheeses and pasta or rice dishes, especially those featuring tomato sauces.
'Bear' Cabernet Franc IGT
A perfect wine for pairing with pork or lean beef dishes with bright fruit, soft tannins, and a pleasant acidity. Subtle herb notes add to the complexity of this lovely Italian red.