Denise and I recently had lunch with our friend Guido at Sprazzo on Westwood Boulevard. Well, that was the plan, anyway. The wires got a little crossed, and when Guido didn't show in his usual timely manner, we started without him. Guido arrived about the time we were getting up to leave, so we hung around and watched him eat a Caesar salad. It worked out fine for me - I got to have lunch with my wife, visit with our pal, and have one of my favorite Italian grapes.
Vermentino is a specialty of the island of Sardegna, and Santadi is a winemaker's co-op there. The wine is a beautiful golden color with a greenish tint. It looks wonderful in the glass. It smells great, too. There's a floral scent that is laced with an overriding minerality, sort of like flowers that have been trod into some wet rocks. Pears and melons are on the palate, but again it's the minerals you really notice. The taste is almost salty or briny. Perhaps that's only to be expected from grapes grown in Sardinia. Their seafood staples are a natural match for this wine. I had it with a salmon salad but would imagine it's even better with marinated calimari or scungilli.
If you've never tried a Vermentino with seafood, you really should do yourself a favor. You'll be pleased.
Winemaker: Cantina Santadi
Appellation: Italy > Sardinia > Vermentino Di Sardinia
Cost: $11 per glass at Sprazzo
Acquisition disclaimer: Purchased by the author