Colli di Luni Vermentino – A Summer Favorite

I served one of their Vermentino’s this past weekend as part of a seminar on Vermentino. It was crisp, refreshing and filled with beautiful white fruit flavors and floral nuts. Though it was raining in Buffalo, the wine brought sunshine and summer into the room.

This weekend I had the good fortune to go sailing in Liguria. We sailed from Bocca di Magra to Portovenere and back. This area is beautiful and incredible to see from the sea. In addition to stunning views from small colorful hilltowns, delicious focaccia and torte salate made with local herbs, this area is well known for its wines. One of its many treasures are the wines from a DOC called Colli di Luni.

I had the occasion to try a wine from Il Torchio, a winery in the Colli di Luni area on Friday evening. It paired perfectly with my grilled calamari. The winery used to be a frantoio, a place where olive oil was made. In order to press the olives, a frantoio used to use a huge stone called Il torchio. This Vermentino di LiguriaLunae, was light and dry with citrus and apple notes as well…

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