This white wine made with organic grapes you’ve probably never heard of is a great find at a great price.  Beginning with a combination of green apple blossoms and herbs, it’s at first reminiscent of a fruity Sauvignon Blanc.  But on the palate it has more mild, rounded flavors, as well as moderate acidity with a flash of chalk and clean dirt.  The wine opens nicely as it warms in the glass. Finish includes herbs, some sweetness and again a slight apple-y quality. Pairing this wine with fresh tomatoes works, and it takes the aromatics down a notch.  Pairing it with a light fish course is also a good idea. Recommended (88). BSE

WHO: Saladini Pilastri
WHAT:  Chardonnay (50%), Pecorino, Sauvignon Blanc, Fiano, Pinot Bianco, Falanghina
WHERE:  Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, Le Marche, Italy
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: around $8 (media sample)



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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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