Claudio Vio Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente Liguria, Italy 2019
Pigato is a curious grape. While many agree that it is genetically identical to Vermentino, growers in Liguria, where Pigato is grown throughout, will firmly disagree. To be sure, compare the grapes and the resulting wines, and the differences will astound you. The name, a dialect word for “freckled”, refers to the spotted appearance of the ripe grapes. And whereas Vermentinos tend to be linear and crisp, Pigatos are richer, rounder, and bursting with personality. This wine is no different; With a pronounced body and a commanding acidity that softens over time, this food-friendly wine is ready to pair with SO MANY recipes! It can also age well for several years, if you can wait that long…
Food ideas: melon gazpacho with speck and pumpernickel croutons, orzo and feta salad, cold-smoked pork chops, roast haddock with tomato and fennel, fondue!
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