Vermentino, is a light-bodied white wine that has a complex edge to it. One sip, and you’ll find aromas of pear, peach, lime, grapefruit and crushed gravel. Commonly a dry white wine, it has a bitter ‘green almond’ or grapefruit pith finish. You’ll find two styles of Vermentino, which are floral and zestier, and another style where you’ll get an almost oily or buttery/creamy sensation on the tongue.
A significant amount of the world’s Vermentino is grown and produced the island of Sardinia in Italy, so getting your hands on it may not be the easiest thing to do. However it is a wine that is definitely getting lost in.
Pairing Vermentino with Food
While Vermentino is light, it has this creamy character, along with a bitterness. This makes it excellent with medium weight dishes that feature herbs and spices, like chicken and spinach pasta tossed in pesto. It will also stand up to richer foods like Halibut salmon, crab cakes, or roasted quail, but we wouldn’t recommend pairing anything too heavy. With its zesty, and citrus quality, this is a great wine with fried food as it will cut through the oiliness of it. So calamari, fried mussels and fried chicken are excellent with this white wine.
Personally, I love Vermentino with roasted asparagus, falafel, hummus, or a creamy leek soup. It just adds a bit of brightness to these dishes. While Vermentino is very veggy friendly, it’s not a super acidic wine, so it will not go great with a tart vinaigrette, or with pickled vegetables.
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