Beverages — November 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Wine Review: Vermentino

Vermentino, a very nice white wine.

While vacationing in Sardinia a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a white wine that I had never heard of before.  It is called, Vermentino.  It is the most popular white wine in Sardinia.  As a matter of fact, they have been cultivating this grape since the 14th century.  (At least that is what Wikipedia says.)  Everywhere you look in Sardinia, the Vermentino is flowing.  It was the house white wine at every single ristorante or trattoria that I visited.

Now for the hard part, I will try to describe it.  Vermentino has a citrus taste, but low acidity.  You will find hints of lightly peppered lime, pear, and green apple.  The wine finishes by leaving a very refreshing taste that enjoyably remains in your mouth.  The wine pairs very well with appetizers and grilled fish.  Personally, I paired it with roasted chicken, and it did not disappoint.

When returning home, I checked the Italian section of the wine store to see if they stocked it.  To my surprise, they carried it.  However, they didn’t have any from Sardinia, only from Tuscany.  My guess is the Sardinians save it all for themselves!!