One of Italy's most extraordinary white wines

It is easy to think of Italy as a country which produces only great red wines because of the deserved reputation of wines like Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Masseto, Gaja's Barbarescos, Dal Forno Romano's Amarone, and the like. But the truth is, Italy produces equally compelling and sought-after whites such as Gaja Chardonnay Gaja and Rey, Jermann Tunina, Pieropan Soave la Rocca, Hofstatter Gewurztraminer, Gravner Ribolla Giala, and more.

The 2018 Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala, an Umbrian blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto, certainly belongs in the conversation about Italy's finest white wines.

On many levels, the 2018 vintage opens a new chapter for Cervaro della Sala. It has a stronger emphasis on preserved lemon, crisp pear, and crushed mineral. The wine offers beautiful freshness and linearity. Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate and James Suckling agree with us, both rating it 96 points, and it is only $51.99!

And here is a recipe for the perfect calamari to serve with it:

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