With vineyards located inside a World Wildlife Preserve in Sicily, Gorghi Tondi’s owners are focused on sustainable and organic agriculture. Even the “cork” is 100% recyclable: Nomacorc’s zero carbon footprint line, made from sugar cane.

These grapes are grown around Lake Preola, very close to the Mediterranean coast in Western Sicily. The wine begins with minerality and white flowers in the aroma, along with tropical notes that extend onto the palate where peaches dominate. A peculiarity of this wine is that it has some earthiness to it, and an almost tannic texture in the mouth. As the wine warms in the glass more tropical flavors appear, melding into an every-so-slightly tart peach-skin finish. And it’s fairly low in alcohol, around 12%. Serve chilled, with light dishes from vegetables to fish and seafood to pork tenderloin.

Highly Recommended: 90 — BSE

WHO: Gorghi Tondi
WHAT: 100% grillo
WHERE: Mazara del Vallo, Sicily
HOW MUCH: around $11 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com 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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