Le Strette helped rescue the nascetta grape from near extinction and makes an exemplary wine from it. Straw yellow in color and smelling like a cross between a riesling and a moscato, the peaches and pears, white flowers, butter and white pepper combined with zippy acidity, an oily texture, and a bitter almond finish could only be a white from the Langhe hills. Exceptionally food friendly, it would stand up a treat next to buttery pasta dishes, risotto, and creamy mashed potatoes.

WHO: La Strette
WHAT:  Nascetta
WHERE: Italy, Piedmont, Langhe
WHEN: 2012
PRIVE: $23

About The Author

Christina Pickard

Christina Pickard is a native (central) New Yorker who lived for over a decade in London. There she worked as a wine writer, presenter, and educator, contributing to such publications as Decanter, Imbibe and Harpers Wine & Spirit, and presenting on the television show Market Kitchen. Christina moved to Perth, Western Australia in early 2013. She currently writes the wine section for WA's premier lifestyle glossy magazine, Scoop, and contributes to publications including Gourmet Traveller Wine and James Halliday's Wine Companion. Christina founded the Perth-based School of Wine in 2013.