Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Italian Wine Country: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, where picturesque villages are perched on steep mountain slopes overlooking the sea, is known for its scenery but you don't want to visit without tasting the local wines. Similar to Carema, vineyards are grown on steep, rocky terraces. The vines must be old because re-planting would be a herculean effort.

Made from Bosco, Albarola and Vermentino grapes, Cinque Terre wines are aromatic (hay, citrus, apples) with crisp well defined flavors. No butter or toast in these wines but rather a salty, savory minerality. They are what I most like in white wine, but they are limited in quantity and almost impossible to find in the United States.

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