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2017 Lumassina

Punta Crena

It is only natural that Lumassina, a rare grape exclusive to the Ligurian coast, should be served with another specialty of the region: crisp, lightly battered fried anchovies—supplemented, if you so wish, with calamari, little shrimp, thinly sliced fennel, and sage leaves (all deep-fried, naturally). The Lumassina, a gently flowery, low-alcohol white that presents a barely noticeable spritz, brings a lemony springtime freshness, allowing it to act almost as a condiment to the fritto. In Liguria, your fritto must be of such quality that a squeeze of lemon not only is unnecessary but would detract from the inherent purity of the raw ingredients. My suggestion: squeeze not; opt for a cold glass of Lumassina instead.

Suggested pairing: lightly breaded fritto misto, preferably of seafood (specifically, fresh anchovies)

Anthony Lynch

Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Lumassina
Appellation: Colline Savonesi
Country: Italy
Region: Liguria
Producer: Punta Crena
Winemaker: Tommaso Ruffino & Family
Vineyard: 11 - 21 years, 1 ha
Soil: Silt
Aging: Wines spend two months on the lees
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 11%

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About Liguria

map of Liguria

A long, crescent-shaped sliver of mountainous coastline ranging from the French border in the west to that of Tuscany in the east, Liguria is a region of unrivaled Mediterranean charm. This applies not only to its colorful seaside villages and carefree, welcoming people, but also to the wines it produces—crisp whites and light reds designed to be quaffed with locally caught seafood.

Viticulture has thrived along these coastal hillsides since Etruscan times. Ancient stone terraces line the steep slopes all along the Riviera, many abandoned while others still host olive trees, lemon trees, and of course, the vine. What Liguria lacks in acreage, it makes up for in diversity and originality: home to numerous indigenous grape varieties, it produces wines of infectious local character.

The hallmarks of Ligurian wines are fragrant aromatics and lively freshness. Whites from grapes like Vermentino and Pigato capture the pervasive flavors of wild herbs and citrus with a sea-breeze salinity, while the rare reds from Rossese, among others, have a brightness of flavor that allows them to complement dishes from the sea or land—served with a slight chill, of course.

While Kermit’s history in the region is relatively recent, Liguria has rapidly become one of his favorite places to visit. It’s hard to blame him—enjoying a crisp, perfumed white with a platter of fried sea critters on the Mediterranean is definitely not the worst part of the job.

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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