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Wine of the Week

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TUSCANY, ITALY. My favorite Italian white wine. San Gimignano is a walled town set on a hill, a fortress really, as so many towns in Tuscany are, located about 9 miles south-east of Siena (my favorite city in Tuscany). It's not true when people say that I would drink Tuscan dishwater and enjoy it, but it's close to the truth. I fell in love with everything Tuscan: the landscape, monuments, manners, the food, and the wine.

The Vernaccia white wine grape, a somewhat obscure grape, was referred to as early as 1487; also, it is mentioned by Dante in The Divine Comedy; so, it is an ancient grape. The wine is dry, medium-bodied, with an oily mouthfeel, exhibiting aromas and flavors of citrus, and with - in what I consider the best vintages - a hint of almond.

Just as Torrontes (Argentina) and Albarino (Spain) are the signature white wines of their countries, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the signature white wine of - I won't say all of Italy - but certainly, Tuscany. The three of them are truly distinctive wines. Taste and see!

ESTANDON ROSE', COTES DE PROVENCE, FRANCE. One of our most popular rose' wines for the last three years. It is a good example of the Provence style - the most popular style right now: light, dry, crisp, with hints of strawberry and citrus. The grapes typically used in the Provence region are Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. Just the wine for sipping on the deck, by itself or with the lighter fare of the summer.