We think you should be drinking more Vermentino.
It’s a dry, crisp, light-bodied white wine grown mostly on the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia, in Italy and France. It is versatile and a great value because many people haven’t even heard of it.
So here are five things you need to know about Vermentino and why it should be your new go-to wine this summer.
1. If you enjoy wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Albariño, you’ll love Vermentino.
2. Vermentino, the grape, has a bunch of names. For instance, it’s called:
- Pigato in Liguria, Italy
- Favorita in Piedmont, Italy
- Rolle in Provence, France — and actually is used in some of the region’s top-rated Rosés
3. Most Vermentinos have great acidity and are almost always dry. They have aromas of peach, lemon and dried herbs, and you’ll get hints of crushed rocks. (Yes, rocks. Go outside and smell them and you’ll know what we mean.)
4. Some of the the best Vermentinos come from Gallura, Sardinia, which is in the northeast part of the island. They are labeled as Vermentino di Gallura DOCG (a.k.a. Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, which is the highest classification for Italian wines). This is the only DOCG rated wine in Sardinia.
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5. Because Vermentino mostly is grown on islands or near the coastline, it is no surprise that it pairs perfectly with fish, especially raw shellfish like crab and lobster but try it with octopus and anchovies. Yum.
So grab a Vermentino the next time you are looking for a dry white wine. Your oysters will thank you.
3 Wines with Vermentino
Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2015, Sardinia, Italy, $14
Aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit.
Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2014, Tuscany, Italy, $24
Straw yellow color. Minerals, citrus fruit. Super fresh.
Miraval Rosé, 2015, Provence, France, $22
Pale pink, blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle (Vermentino) grapes.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.