From his cellar in the Valle Isarco, a picturesque valley nestled high in the Dolomites near Italy’s border with Austria, Manni Nössing is perpetually on the hunt for perfection. He chases acidity and minerality like a fiend, always looking for that next mouthwatering kick. Manni’s 2018 releases feature all the zippiness one could desire from mountain whites, keeping his Grüner lean and crunchy for fellow acid freaks. Pair this sleek, stony bianco with sashimi or a citrusy salad, or let it slice through a rich, hearty dish from its homeland of Alto Adige.
It’s hard to believe that this Sauvignon from the Carso, a part of Friuli sandwiched between Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea, is nearing its tenth birthday. It shows not a wrinkle and is still bursting with freshness, while the deep complexity acquired from extended aging is perfectly evident. Kante chooses his best barrels in top vintages for his Selezione line, bottling them unfiltered only when he deems they are ready. They are consistently among the most exciting whites in all of Italy. Racy, textured, and electrically charged with lime and minerals, the 2010 can be enjoyed now through its twentieth birthday.
Vigne RadaItaly | Sardinia | Vermentino di Sardegna
The combination of Catalan heritage with Italy’s rich culture of gastronomy has created a culinary paradise in Alghero, a charming old village on Sardinia’s northwest coast. In addition to simple grilled branzino and sublime pastas with bottarga or fresh mussels, trattorias here feature endemic Algherese dishes, including a local version of paella as well as lobster, a specialty of this stretch of coastline so prized that the current queen of England chose to serve it at her wedding. Alghero is also the epicenter of a wine region characterized by abundant Mediterranean sunshine, salty coastal breezes, and rocky soils of quartz and limestone. With a luscious fragrance of herbs and flowers, the crisp, lemony Vermentino from Vigne Rada is a wonderful introduction to Alghero’s bounty.
Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/alcohol
Many food and beverage cans have linings containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical known to cause harm to the female reproductive system. Jar lids and bottle caps may also contain BPA. You can be exposed to BPA when you consume foods or beverages packaged in these containers. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/bpa