Half an hour south of where the 2017 Oscar winner Call Me by Your Name was filmed along Lake Garda, Corte Gardoni specializes in local varieties, all planted in a fertile moraine soil that was formed by the same glaciers that carved out the lake. For its price, this blend of Garganega, Trebbiano, Trebbianello, Cortese, and Manzoni Bianco is completely stunning, evoking orchard fruit that gives it flesh; citrus juice and zest, which conveys acid and texture; and spring water, which represents Greoto’s purity and refreshment. A perfect aperitivo, it is also complex enough to pair well with grilled fish, lighter meats, roasted vegetables, or simple pastas.
Punta Crena, on Italy’s Ligurian coast, makes bottlings from both Vermentino and its freckled twin, Pigato. Even though the domaine vinifies these clonal variants the same way—aging them on their lees for four months—they emerge as distinct wines in the bottle. This impeccable Pigato is more aromatic and slightly richer, with more texture. Still, it is supremely crisp and mineral: an ideal representation of this coastal region and perfect for ocean fare.
Letitia Clark, a British transplant to the Mediterranean’s second-largest island, recently published a cookbook called Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from the Island of Sardinia, and it is a gem. Unsurprisingly, Sardinian and mainland Italian cuisine have a lot in common, but small differences in preparations and ingredients throughout each recipe in this book make the former’s dishes thrillingly distinct. Like those recipes, Deperu Holler’s saline, vibrant Vermentino sings its own beautiful tune, not the song of Vermentino grown in, say, Liguria, or even the island of Corsica just to the north. It pairs exquisitely with Clark’s recipe for fregola—a small, round Sardinian pasta—with clams and fennel, but it also would wonderfully complement all kinds of seafood or light pastas.
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