La Guardiense Sazanami Bianco 2014, Campania, Italy
Move over Pinot Grigio, you're just so last decade: sip this 100% Falanghina instead.
This ancient Italian grape – you pronounce it Falangeena, with a hard “g” – is delicious and it has the potential to become your default cheapie white quaffer.
Falanghina is light enough for lunch, fresh enough to drink in the garden and tangy enough to sip with food. It tastes good with tomato-heavy Neapolitan dishes: imagine spaghetti soaked in the juice of raw cherry tomatoes, garlic and herbs; or tomatoes baked with marjoram, parsley and breadcrumbs.
It’s a joy with fish, too: scallops fried until they just begin to caramelise, fritti misti, fresh squid with lemon juice squeezed over it, blackened on the barbecue and tangled up with rocket, dressed crab … hungry yet?
The producer, La Guardiense, is one of the biggest farming cooperatives in Italy and was founded in 1960 by 33 farsighted and courageous farmers. Today it counts around 1,000 farmer members. They are direct winegrowers cultivating their own respective grapes on around 1,500 hectares of vineyards situated mainly on hilly soils at an average height of 350 metres and with a yearly grape production of about 200,000 quintals.
Great attention is paid to the environmental sustainability which is adopted at each stage of the transformation process using renewable energy produced by its own innovative photovoltaic system.