Spotlight: Terenzuola's Cinque Terre
A Wine to Transport You
A breezy seaside table for 2 on the Italian Riviera.
The freshest local seafood, and a brisk, citrusy white from the vineyards perched high above.
Have you found paradise?
Well, almost – you're in Cinque Terre, five quaint fishing villages on a stretch of beautifully secluded coastline just north of Tuscany.
In reality, we unfortunately won't be visiting anytime soon.
But, Ivan Giuliani of Terenzuola produces a keenly mineral white wine with a sense of place and history that will transport you to that tranquil scene overlooking the Mediterranean.
It all adds up to wine of sprightly vigor, minerality, and surprising depth for an incredibly modest price, considering the back-breaking manual work and the minuscule quantity produced – about 2,000 bottles a year!
White fruits, citrus, and salty sea spray minerality make this an obvious pairing for seafood, salads, and all things al pesto.
During a recent Zoom tasting, Eleni was confident that even their village wines need time to show their stuff. The wines were lovely when I opened them (I’m sure we would have finished both bottles by the end of dinner that night if left to our own devices).
But, she was right. The wines developed complexity and showed new depths, day after day. They also complemented meal after meal.
This is winemaking done right and it's absurdly inexpensive for how good it is. It’s set to age, but the pure, upright cassis-and-cherry fruit timbres are already shining through – this is what good Bordeaux is all about!
Our favorite wine stories from 2019! While these wines may no longer be available, we think the information is interesting enough that we wanted to make it available to you, in case you'd like to revisit, for instance, the Atlantic coasts of Spain or the mountains of northern Italy.
In the wine world, people are often reluctant to pick favorites, especially in print. But I’m going to do it anyway: I declare that Barolo is the greatest wine of Italy.
I was recently in Italy for a couple weeks. It was for a combination wedding and family vacation -- not wine-related at all -- in Tuscany and Umbria. So there were no visits to wineries. There was, however, plenty of wine, and a few things about wine and life and Italy occurred to me: