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Ligurian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Punta Crena

Ligurian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Punta Crena - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Along the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road high on a bluff along Italy's Ligurian coast, clings a grove of 1,000 year old olive trees tended with dedication by the Ruffino family since 1500. From the famed Taggiasca variety, their olive oil is light-bodied but extremely flavorful—magical with vegetables and fish. –Dixon Brooke


$24.00
Bottle Size: 500mL
Blend: Taggiasca
Country: Italy
Region: Liguria
Producer: Punta Crena
Winemaker: Ruffino Family
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée

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About 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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