Capovolto is a delightful and refreshing white from Le Marche region of Italy, a relatively less-traveled part of the country that is ideally situated between the green, heavily forested hills of Umbria and the Adriatic Sea. La Marca’s organically tended vineyards grow in the limestone soil of an ancient seabed, benefiting from mountain breezes at their back and cool sea air in their face. This pure Verdicchio has a divine fullness followed by a long, crisp finish, like an Italian version of Mâcon. I enjoy it as an aperitivo as I cook, and find that it sings with a classic regional dish such as petrale sole with capers, lemon, and parsley.
One of the highlights of my tasting trip to France and Italy last year was meeting our brand-new Sardinian producers, who joined us in southern Corsica. It was my first visit to Corsica, and quite a bonus to taste the new wines from our friends on the neighboring island to the south. The standout for me was the “Fria” from Deperu Holler, a fresh and lively Vermentino that made my mouth water. Crisp, aromatic, and delicious going down, it was made all the more interesting thanks to the tales from Carlo Deperu about Sardinian history and viticulture. It was abundantly clear, both listening and tasting, that he was a true artisan, deeply dedicated to his craft.
I escape to the mountains any chance I get. Breathing in the crisp mountain air and touching the cool granite rocks revitalizes my spirit and helps me to center my mind. All my attempts to bottle that air for enjoyment during a busy week have proved futile—until now. The wines of Château Feuillet are made in the dramatic mountain landscape of the Valle d’Aosta in northwestern Italy. Tucked away in a glacial valley much like Yosemite, the vineyards of Château Feuillet produce an invigorating white wine that quenches my thirst for the mountains.
Indigenous to and grown only in the Carso region of Italy between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, Vitovska is an enchanting grape. Edi Kante’s interpretation, grown at an elevation higher than 800 feet in a limestone-rich soil, boasts an undeniable vibrance and freshness. Aromas of sage and thyme waft up alongside citrus and hints of pear, but it is the almost smoky minerality and slightly saline finish that really seal the deal. The next time you’re looking for a dry, mineral-driven white, stray from the beaten path and pull the cork on a bottle of Kante’s Vitovska.
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