It's high time for another Friday Wine Treat. In Culver City, there are plenty of good places to have a glass of wine with lunch on a nice, sunny day. One of my favorites is Ugo . It's actually two restaurants on one corner.
An Italian place with full meals is backed up on the other side of a wall by a cafe which specializes in smaller, tapas-style portions. Both sides have a nice list of Italian wines from which to choose. If you are on one side, but want to order something from the other side, they are more than happy to oblige.
To go with my insalada spinaci, I ordered a wine from Gavi, in the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. Araldica 's La Luciana is made from the Cortese grape. It sits golden in the glass and offeres a nose of melon and minerals. It's a light-bodied wine, but feels nice and full in the mouth. The taste of wet rocks and citrus is nearly zesty, but the overall feeling is one of silkiness. The finish is medium-long and leaves a hint of lemon custard in its wake.