(Vermentino pronunciation: Vair-men-TEE-noh)
Vermentino is a light-colored, thin-skinned grape grown mostly in Italy on the island of Sardinia. This variety grows in warm climates, at high elevations, and on less fertile soil to form the fine Vermentino white wine. From the Vermentino grape comes a refreshing, light-bodied white wine which is considered rather similar to Sauvignon Blanc.
Vermentino is complex to the taste containing high levels of phenols adding a slight bitterness on the finish. The traditional Vermentino wine is dry and possesses flavors of citrus such as lime and grapefruit as well as notes of almond, daffodils, and saltiness on the palate. The aromas consist of similar fruity, citrusy notes. The Vermentino wine can be enjoyed in two forms, the traditional light and floral form, or a full and rich style that is transformed during fermentation. At the time of fermentation, wine makers can choose to add a particular bacteria, or not, called Oenococcus omni, which break down the tart malic acid resulting in the rich creamy, butter-like flavor.
Vermentino wine pairs well with medium-weight dishes that incorporate various herbs and spices. It matches with rich fish dishes like halibut or meats like pork sausages, as well as garlic-enhanced meals like pesto.
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