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Gavi di Gavi, Gavi di Massimo, Cortese di Manu
By now one thing is clear, my house drinking wines for the first week in Europe are the Cortese grape based wines. The Gavi di Gavi Ru`, the Gavi made by Massimo Lovisolo and our Tati Cortese are the quintessential wines to pair to our summer meals. The 2010 vintage is an absolute delight, crispier than the 2009 with lovely nose and superb citrus notes that leave your mouth so fresh you just can’t stop drinking them. We had the Lovisolo Gavi with “Pasta alla Checca”using some of Oreste’s tomatoes and the freshest mozzarella (Oreste is the “Master of our Vineyards” that many of you have met), his tomatoes are poetic, it’s the only expression I can use to describe them. Our local butcher prepares a deboned chicken drumstick that I made on the pan with olive oil, fresh rosemary and sage, the Gavi di Gavi RU` was perfect with the dish, and during the preparation of the meal our Tati Cortese 2010 was served as an aperitif with “prosciutto and melon”, the bottle disappearing rather quickly. Our guests were pleased, I hope you will be too.
PS: if you need the recipe for the “Pasta della Checca” just ask me.