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27 Jul 2021 | Kevin Lepisto

AN ITALIAN CLASSIC TO QUENCH YOUR SUMMER THIRST

2019 Marco Bonfante Gavi di Gavi "I Ronchetti"

Piedmont, Italy

$13.99 per bottle   $167.88 per case

The wines of Marco Bonfante are no stranger to the store and some of the best values in our Italian section.  His Barbera d’Asti was wildly popular last year and we also carry his Arneis and Moscato d’Asti.  The Bonfante family has been making wine in the Asti province of Piedmont for 8 generations, and siblings Marco and Micaela started the Marco Bonfante winery in 2000 when their father died, and his winery was divided. 

 

For some of you Gavi di Gavi may be an old familiar friend, and for many a new discovery. Gavi di Gavi once was the most popular Italian white wine in the U.S. long before Pinot Grigio became all the rage. 

 

Gavi is actually a small commune in Southern Piedmont that, in a province mostly known for exquisite red wines, became famous for producing one of Italy’s most famous white wines simply known as Gavi di Gavi.   Gavi di Gavi is made from the Cortese grape and is known for its crisp lemony citrus flavors and stony minerality.   Those fresh, bright qualities make it ideal for pairing with seafood dishes, so Gavi di Gavi became the ubiquitous white wine served at the seafood restaurants in nearby Genoa.

 

Gavi di Gavi is a dry, refreshing white that is perfect for drinking on warm summer nights.  It’s light and fresh and can simply be enjoyed as an aperitif but also has enough character and body to pair with a variety of summer foods.   Its zesty citrus flavors pair great with salads, pesto or other herb forward dishes, grilled fish and chicken.

 

Bonfante’s Gavi di Gavi is a beautiful example of this classic wine.  Aromas of stone fruits, citrus white flower and herbs are followed by a generous mouthful of citrus fruits and lip smacking minerality.  It’s an energetic wine yet balanced and elegant on the palate.

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