Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Sauvignon DOC Superiore
Ah, White wine. With summer temperatures this week heading toward triple digits, I’m not inclined to spend a lot of time standing in front of a stove.
So I tend toward simple meals, like the crab salad recipe featured in this week’s Scheff’s Table. And alongside a simple salad, light pasta, grilled chicken, and such, I like to sip a crisp, refreshing, easy-to-drink wine such as this great summer sipper from Italy: Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Sauvignon DOC Superiore ($16.99).
Produced in Italy’s Friuli Aquileia DOC Superiore appellation, this fruity white wine is made with 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which are pressed immediately after they are machine harvested. The must is then stored for 24 hours at temperatures between 41°F and 45°F; this process allows the wine to capture the aromatic substances contained within the skins. After fermentation, the wine is aged in 30,000-liter stainless steel tanks for six to seven months. The wine then rests on its lees and is aged for an additional three to six months in the bottle.
The result is a crisp, refreshing wine with good acidity that will pair beautifully with lighter summer fare. Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Sauvignon DOC Superiore is a dry wine with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavors of grapefruit and notes of sage and green pepper. Serve it with shellfish, raw oysters on the half shell, grilled fish, chicken dishes, salads and such.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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