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Cortese di Gavi (Italy)

Gavi (Cortese di Gavi) is a white wine from the Gavi area in Piemonte.

It is made exclusively from Cortese grapes.

Typical Flavors


Lime
Lime
Apple
Apple
Peach
Peach
Melon
Melon

Flowers
Flowers
Herbs
Herbs
Chalk
Seashell
Almonds
Almonds

Citrus and Peach flavors are commonly found in Gavi, with hints of Flowers, Herbs, and bitter Almonds.

Profile

SUGARVery Dry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Salads
Salads
Vegetables
Vegetables

Fish
Fish
Crab
Seafood
Pasta
Pasta
Risotto
Risotto

Gavi is very food friendly.

In Piemonte it is served with fish and seafood, pasta, risotto, and vegetarian dishes.

On the Ligurian coast it is often the preferred wine for local seafood.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Olives. Olive Oil. Vinaigrette. Salad.
Fresh Herbs. Pesto. Basil. Spinach.
Grilled Vegetables. Soups.
Green Pasta. Mushroom Risotto.
Seafood Pasta or Risotto. Paella.
Sushi. Sashimi. Raw Fish. Tuna Tartare.

Cheese:
Soft Cheese. Goat Cheese. Feta. Robiola.
Washed Rind. Fontina. Taleggio.

Piemonte Specialities:
Chicken in White Wine Sauce.
Risotto Primavera (Asparagus, Peas, Zucchini).
Tajarin al Tartufo (Truffle Tagliatelle).
Rosemary Focaccia with Tomato Salad.

Ligurian Specialities:
Grilled Fish with Lemon and Basil.
Fried Seafood. Shrimps. Calamari. Sardines.

If You Like Gavi

You May Also Like:

Albariño (Spain)
Alvarinho (Portugal)
Assyrtiko (Greece)
Gavi (Italy)
Grechetto (Italy)
Greco di Tufo (Italy)
Pinot Bianco (Italy)
Silvaner (France)
Riesling Dry (Germany)
Trebbiano (Italy)
Ugni Blanc (France)
Weissburgunder (Germany)

The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for a dry white wine.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

About Gavi

Documents from the year 972, in the State Archive of Genova mention vineyards in Gavi.

In 1782, the Marquis Andrea Doria wrote about Gavi, and his intentions to ship the wine to America, and Gavi was the first Italian white wine to gain international repute.

The name derives from the production zone, commune di Gavi, and Cortese, the grape variety from which it is made.

The current style of production dates to 1876.

Cortese DOC(G)

DOC status in 1974 and DOCG in 1998:

Grape variety: 100% Cortese
Minimum Alcohol: 10.5%
Minimum Acidity: 5
Maximum Yield: 10 tons/ha

The DOCG allows for spumante and metodo classico styles, but most Gavi is produced as a still (fermo) white wine.

The DOCG restrict the production to 11 towns in he Province of Alessandria in Piemonte:

Bosio, Capriata d'Orba, Carrosio, Francavilla Bisio, Gavi, Novi Ligure, Parodi Ligure, Pasturana, San Cristoforo, Serravalle Scrivia, Tassarolo.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions:

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