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Profile
Uvaggio Vermentino is unmistakably Californian. It’s as if the classic, light Italian Vermemtino’s flavor and aroma knobs were dialed as high as they could go..

Pairing
These vibrant wines often taste like passion fruit or citrus, sometimes accented with an herbaceous note. A fruity-zesty balance, a signature of Sauvignon Blanc, is what makes these wines delicious with goat cheese (a staple pairing of France’s Loire Valley). The wine makes the cheese taste creamier.

More About The Wine
East of San Francisco, Lodi is a warm, dry region that’s suitable to just about every grape variety, red or white. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out around 1850. Italian settlers found especially strong success with their native varieties, among them Vermentino; the grape doesn’t require cool nights to retain its bright character.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Blog
Author: Sophie Thorpe

2013 Uvaggio Antichi Viti Grenache, Santa Clara Valley (£18.95): Uvaggio produces some of the best-value Californian wines around. It was founded by Jim Moore (ex Mondavi) and Mel Knox (California’s best-known barrel broker) in 1997, with the idea of championing Mediterranean varietals grown in the sun-drenched climate. They produce food-friendly, fruit-driven styles of Vermentino, Barbera, Primitivo, Moscato and Grenache. The fruit for this comes from the Besson vineyard, a gnarly 100-year-old plot in the Santa Clara Valley, with a splash (5 percent) of Cinsault from Bechtold vineyard in Lodi (both of which are used by Birichino for their wines). The resulting liquid is dense with juicy fruit – Morello cherry and strawberry, perfumed and moreish with a subtle hint of sweet-spice.. ....

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"This proprietary blend combines 63% Pinot Grigio from Carneros, 22% Traminer from Carneros and a small percentage of Moscato Giallo from Lodi. Together they harmonize in a light, crisp and floral bouquet of apricot, ginger and lemon, never becoming overly fussy and instead focusing entirely on refined refreshment." — Virginie Boone

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 Editors’ Choice 

"This bone-dry and floral wine will taste great with simple appetizers like toasted nuts or fresh cheeses. It is very well concentrated and has medium to full body. An opulent texture helps carry the floral, appley, grapefruity flavors into the finish." — Jim Gordon

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 Editors’ Choice 

"This fascinating, sweet but light wine wraps lemongrass and thyme flavors around lemon and peach for interesting layers of complexity. The sweetness helps to round the texture and carries everything into a long finish." — Jim Gordon

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