#newwinethisweek Week 34 – Gavi, Piedmont
For the final week of #newwinethisweek’s summer tour and the second nomination from Italy, Mike has gone for a real crowd favourite and one of my go-to Italian whites… It’s Gavi folks!
Like most Italian wines, the name on the label refers to the region rather than the grape; so the town is Gavi, the grape is Cortese. If you see Gavi di Gavi on the label, meaning “Gavi from Gavi”, it will be grown in or around the town itself but this in itself is not a is not necessarily better than simply Gavi; this is similar to when you see Classico attached to Soave or Chianti, for example.
What you can expect from Gavi is a crisp, floral, peachy, aromatic wine, mostly made to be enjoyed young. The wines are great with most seafood and works equally well as an aperitif or just a glugger on a summer afternoon… unfortunately I think the summer of 2014 is in the rear-view mirror!
The great news is there is a ton of the stuff on the supermarket shelves and the quality is pretty consistent for this very easy-going white wine. So here are a few options to help you along; I think you’ll have fun this week… especially given the promotions that are running!
Have a great week!