|Livon Pinot Grigio Photo Credit: Bill Rockwell|
Pinot Grigio is the most frequently drunk white wine in Italy, and the varietal is growing ever more popular in the U.S.
One recent find I came across made by an artisanal producer in Collio, one of the best white wine regions of Italy in the province of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the border with Slovenia and Austria, the Livon Pinot Grigio is a bone dry white wine with a profound minerality.
In the glass, the wine has a pale flaxen color with a light green corona and a bouquet that, while faint, has accents of citrus, nutmeg and honeysuckle. In the mouth the wine is crisp and dry with a pleasant acidity, a medium bodied texture and a taste profile that includes yellow plum, lemon, green apple and spice notes. The finish is long and sustained.
Because of its austere dryness, I would hesitate to drink the wine as a sipping or recreational beverage but think it would be a great match for certain foods beginning with oysters on the half shell, linguini with white clam sauce, grilled prawns, mussels in a white wine/garlic sauce, Dungeness crab, roasted chicken, fish such as walleye, lake perch, halibut, sole and haddock and lighter flavored risottos.
While the wine is ready to drink now, it will keep for a good 4 to 5 years. The Livon Pinot Grigio has an alcohol content of 12.5% and an average price of around $16.