If winemakers worldwide were invited to submit entries for ‘the next best under-twenty white’ I’d be putting my money on Pecorino – a white grape from the Marche and Abruzzi provinces of Italy. I would not great odds from my bookie, as I’m not the only wine punter singing the praises of Pecorino. The wine not only satisfies the current popularity of non-oaked whites, but offers more delicate flavours than Chardonnay, or Sauvignon. An upscale Pinot Grigio does not do the wine justice, but you get the drift. The working man’s Chablis is another possible take. Aperitif, seafood or white meats are possible uses, as would a smart summer lunch. Time to say hello to Pecorino while it’s delivering fantastic value.
VELENOSI ‘Villa Angela’ 15 Pecorino, Marche, Italy 173252 Vintages $15.95