My husband and I passed our sommelier exam in February of this year, but we like to keep up our studies!
We often like to take a specific grape varietal and try several versions from different vineyards. In summer it is hard to resist sampling the wealth of Vermentino wines from Italy’s west coast.
The Vermentino grape grows in Liguria and Tuscany, but its citadel is Sardinia where Vermentino di Gallura is the prized wine. Italy’s finest (and priciest) Vermentino is Capichera (Vendemmia Tardiva), which is a special treat for wonderful occasions.
The loveliest descriptor we have found for Vermentino is “Mediterranean Summer in a Glass,” because it is the color of sunshine, with the scent of citrus, sea breeze and a slight richness like a drizzle of olive oil on a light grilled fish. It accompanies the light Italian summer dining al fresco perfectly.
Our favorites at the moment are Capichera, Vendemmia Tardiva, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Elibaria (Attilio Contini), Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Vermentino di Bolgheri
Cantine Argiolas Costamolino, Vermentino di Sardegna
Piero Mancini, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. For a special treat try Contini, Vernaccia di Oristano (like dry sherry), or Riserva 1990