Vermentino

  (ver-men-TEE-no)
Synonyms: Favorita, Pigato, Rolle, Formentino, Malvoisie de Corse

Wine Name: Vermentino, Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Gallura Superiore

Background: This is a white grape used to make dry white wines and occasionally sweet or sparkling styles. It makes a refreshing, racy, citrus, green apple and often minerally dry wine. It is usually unoaked and moderate in alcohol. This is a classic Mediterranean grape variety, retaining its acidity well even in relatively warm regions.

Vermentino is widely planted in Sardinia and Corsica. In the Ligurian region of Italy it is known as Pigato, while in Piedmont Italy under the name Favorita. In Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France it is known as Rolle.

Classic Brands and Sources: Aia Vecchia, Cantine Argiolas, Sella and Mosca, Pieve de’Pitti, Laurent Miquel, Tablas Creek, Villa Appalaccia, Raffaldini Vineyards

Characteristics:

Style – typical

Body – light to medium (-)

Acidity – medium

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – slight to low


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
pairs well with more acidic fish and white meat dishes, and vegetables

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
fish and shellfish with lemon sauces, pasta with fish, chicken or pork in tomato based sauces, bruschetta,

Cheese Pairings:
goat cheese, feta, Pecorino, Fontina