Arnaldo-Caprai Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani, Umbria, Italy

If you are looking to try something new, the white grape variety Grechetto from the Italian producer Arnaldo-Caprai is a good example of what this grape can produce. Primarily grown in central Italy, its generally blended with Trebbiano, Verdello and Malvasia but this producer prefers to forgo the blending and make a 100% Grechetto.

What makes the Arnaldo-Caprai Grecante Grechetto special is that during the Renaissance, the head of Montefalco’s municipality used to send Grechetto as a precious gift to princes and important clergymen. Arnaldo Caprai winery keeps this long tradition alive by producing Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC. The 2009 really showcases what this grape can produce, showing flavors of bosc pear, almond and lime, peach and pineapple, as well as a pleasing hint of crispness and bitterness, typical in this grape.

Now on to making your mouth water—if you are an oyster fan, pair this up with Kumamotos. The succulent pillows of sweetness are amazing alongside a crisp Grechetto from Umbria. The chef in the house also recommends paring this with freshly fried calamari or a crab salad. The bottom line is that this is a very versatile, food friendly wine worth exploring. Simply delicious!

Rating: Excellent (92) | $20 | 13.0% ABV