Tenuta di Tavignano Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico
If you love crisp, mineral Italian whites but are tired of Pinot Grigio, Verdicchio might just be the wine for you. One of Italy's most prestigious white grapes, it's even lighter than the grey Pinot and pairs perfectly with many of the same foods – shrimp, pasta, lemon, capers, and more! This Verdicchio comes from Tenuta di Tavignano, a renowned producer in the famed Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico region that's been specializing in this style since the 1990s, long before it was considered cool to grow indigenous grape varieties. Their Villa Tore is bright and mineral-driven, with aromas of herbs, sea salt, and pear that lead into citrusy flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Though ripe from sunny southeastern exposure, it is light-bodied with subtle hints of green apple and almond on a long, slightly bitter finish.