Santa Maria La Palma is situated in the northwest corner of Sardinia just inland from the pretty, historic port of Alghero. It is one of the largest producers of wine on the island. At Santa Maria La Palma they produce a number of different wines from grape varieties mostly unknown to us in the United States.
One variety however that has shown signs of achieving some of the popularity enjoyed by Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay is Vermentino. If you haven’t ventured outside of your local grocery store for a bottle of wine you might not be familiar with this food-friendly, crowd-pleasing wine.
Vermentino is one of the most important grapes of Sardinia. It grows in a number of Mediterranean locations including Provence, Liguria, Corsica and along the Tuscan coast in the Maremma region. In Sardinia it is produced in a lighter, higher acid, more citrusy style.
Wine Description: Made from 100% Vermentino. The grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks to preserve their fresh aromatic qualities.
Tasting Notes: Straw colored with greenish tinges. Delicate aromas of white flowers and citrus. On the palate the wine retains this floral style with zingy acidity and a hint of minerality.
Food Pairings: Pair this wine with seafood as the label suggests or pasta primavera. Aragosta Vermentino also works well all by itself as a poolside sipper.
Affordability is one of Aragosta Vermentino’s great charms. At $12.99 a bottle you can keep your wine fridge stocked all summer long.
Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor
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