If you like Pinot Grigio…

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2019 Meroni 3519 Veneto Bianco
Verona, Italy

Since inception, in 1935, Meroni had exclusively crafted red wines - until 2015 when they decided to begin experimentation with Garganega, the base grape of Soave wines. This is a hard-skinned, deeply yellow grape that ripens into an almost red color at harvest. Batonnage is part of the production here which helps define the structure of the wine and development of certain aromatics. To get the job done, the "noble lees" are suspended in bottle and the wine is shaken after alcoholic fermentation. There's notes of green apple, pineapple, apricot, golden apples and peach blossom with a minor note of almond. Tons of acidity with this wine. Unfined, unfiltered and without added sulphites.

2020 Di Giovanna Gerbino Bianco
Sicily, Italy

Talk about Sicilian summer in a glass! A beautiful and inviting blend of Chardonnay (70%), Grillo and Viognier (15% each) from the organically farmed, historic family vineyards of the Di Giovannas in Contessa Entellina, western Sicily. A delicious mix of fruity and savoury elements, expressing ripe fruits like honeydew melon, white peach, lemon and hints of honey. There's some savoury Mediterranean herbs in the mix with considerable minerality (volcanic soils to thank for that) over top of the nice roundness and mouthfeel here. Despite the roundness from the Chardonnay and the pleasant honey notes, this definitely screams warm weather vibes. Recommended as an aperitif but there's some fun food pairings to explore like lobster rolls, poached shrimp, Insalate di Mare or a bucatini pasta con le sarde with all that delicious fresh sardine, fennel, pine nut and saffron.

2020 Novaripa Agronika Passerina
Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, on Italy's eastern coast along the Adriatic, consistently delivers some of the country's most loved and inspired wines. Centuries of autonomy from the influence of Italy's other highly regarded winemaking regions means Abruzzo is a standalone in the country's mosaic of impressive wines. Passerina is an ancient and traditional white grape that has been used in central Italy for hundreds of years. Novaripa's co-op of 200+ organic and sustainable grape-growers is at the heart of this crowd-pleasing white. Ripe Bosc pear and notes of lime hit the nose. Mid-weight and fruit driven on the palate, with pear and lime notes mixing with ripe white grapefruit. There's some acidity here but this is a pretty textbook example of Passerina, which is a fairly low acid wine. Balance is achieved with a salty tang on the finish that is characteristic of the minerality. A salty, citrusy sipper with great texture and drinkability. An every day drinking beauty of exceptional value if there ever was one.

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