Yesterday’s post was very long so I put it into two different slots which I consider means two days of posting in my 30 day challenge.
Liguria is mostly thought of for its white wines but there are a number of reds that are really worth getting to know, including Rossese di Dolceacqua. Likely of Greek origin, it is often grown on bush trained vines. Mostly seen in the Val Nervia and the Valle Verbone
Andrea Doria choose it as the holiday wine for his fleet and it was very much appreciated by Napoleon.
Other reds that grow in Liguria include Garnaccia (Grenache), Ciliegiolo, and Ormeasco di Pornassio, Ormeasco is somewhat similar to Dolcetto. Difficult to pronounce perhaps but quite easy to drink.
All of these lovely wines pair beautifully with great Ligurian cuisine. The region is known for it’s Trenette al Pesto, Trofie, Focaccia, Farinata, Torte alle erbe, Testaroli
Seafood, Anchovies, known as Gianchetti or Bianchetti, as well as dishes made with Rabbit, Lamb, Poultry.
I used to visit Liguria all the time when I lived in Milan and rented a house with friends there for several summers. Truly a region I love, it is full of surprises in terms of views, beaches, valleys, towns, foods and of course, wines – unsung ones worth discovering.
Vino Travels – Wine & Sunshine on the Italian Riviera
The Wining Hour – Ligurian Pigato with Pesto Focaccia and Shellfish
Culinary Adventures with Camilla – Carciofi Crudi