Pair Your Fresh Summer Fare with this Italian Wine

Pair Your Fresh Summer Fare with this Italian Wine

A mellow, I remember that, white!

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Verdicchio is a pretty well-known Italian white, but when was the last time you drank one? Many remember the green “fish bottle” that contained a Verdicchio from Fazi-Battaglia. This was a blessing and a curse because the bottle was cute but the wine not always. The Garofoli estate has been making Verdicchio for five generations. Their reserve (“Podium”) is an imposing wine that needs extensive bottle age to reveal an almost Burgundian depth. But today I’d like to talk about their “regular” 2017 Macrina bottling. I think you’ll fall in love all over again with this delectably mellow white, and your fresh fish dinner will thank you!

2017 Verdicchio Macrina, Garofoli $14 srp

Light greenish gold in color. Fresh spicy apple bursts on the bouquet. Pear, too, and a touch of lemon, but the general impression is of an orchard. Flavors are soft and “tender” on the palate; very clean but not tart nor too acidic. It kind of floats on the tongue – like sailing on calm water. Absolutely delicious with or without food. Try with grouper, veal scaloppini or a summer pasta salad without vinegar. Drink now-2019.

90/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.