Saulu Gavi Cortese
Hello! Welcome back to the ninth edition of Wine of Week series featuring Saulu Gavi. Several weeks ago I ordered an Italian Pinot Grigio from the happy hour menu at a local restaurant. Usually, I’m safe sticking with an old or new world wine selection off of the happy hour menu. They are usually far from the dreaded Coastal Vines house wine. It wasn’t the case this time.
The wine was yellow, not a light, crisp and crystal-hued white. I was skeptical but I took a sip anyway. It was horrendous, the immediate headache-producing kind of horrendous. So I politely asked the waitress to bring me the wine list again. Yes, I’m a self-proclaimed wine snob, within reason of course. I don’t need a $100 bottle of wine, or even a $50 bottle, to make me happy. My only requirements are exceptional taste, quality and above all else, one that doesn’t give me a headache. I’ve said it before. There is such a thing as a bad glass of wine. Life is too short to drink bad wine. I know, I digress.
Now back to the wine. Saulu Gavi from Piedmont, Italy caught my eye. The waitress highly recommended it and said I could even purchase it at a nearby wine store. She also offered me a taste, which by the way I think every waitress and bartender should do because it saves us all time and money in the end. I digress, again. Anyhow, the glass arrived, crisp and crystal-hued like a proper Italian white wine should be. I ordered a glass and was not disappointed.
I researched more about this varietal when I got home. The Gavi or Di Gavi Cortese (DOGC) is a lesser known part of the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. Gavi, or Gavi di Gavi, is produced in the village of Gavi and Cortese is an ancient and simple grape varietal used to make Gavi. Technically not a Pinot Grigio, Saulu Gavi is a simple and elegant white wine.
Saulu Gavi Tasting Notes
Appearance: Delicate, crisp and crystal-hued.
Smell: Fruity, crisp apple with hints of slate and floral minerals.
Taste: Light-bodied and fruit-forward yet dry with hints of slate and floral minerals.
Food pairing: Serves nicely with lightly sautéed shrimp as an appetizer. Vegetables and light mushroom risottos would also pair nicely with this wine. I enjoyed my glass with tuna poke, vegetarian sushi and lightly-friend calamari.
Overall: This is a simple alternative to Pinot Grigio. Lately I’m all about simplicity in my life and in my wine. 3.75 out of 5
Have you ever tried a Gavi or do you recommend any alternatives to a Pinot Grigio from Italy? I love to learn new varietals.