Gavi almost made the charts back in the hay day of Italian whites such as Soave, Castelli Romani and Frascati. I remember a lovely seafood lunch on the patio of a Soho restaurant â€“ when it was to â€˜coolestâ€™ area in NYC, washed down with gallons of Gavi. â€œI going to Gavi more oftenâ€ were my thoughts that day, but I soon forgot thanks to the Chardonnay invasion, the Sauvignon tsunami, and Italyâ€™s new star, Pinot Grigio.
Gavi is similar to Pinot Grigio as in light, low flavor and no oak, but it has a classier feeling â€“ hard to describe, but think jazzy sports car over crowdpleasing Honda Civic. The first sip delivers a â€˜swooshâ€™ and if youâ€™re not smartly dressed, youâ€™ll wish you were. Gavi with summer patio lunches is something Iâ€™m certainly looking forward to. Gavi more often at last!
FONTANAFREDDA 16 Gavi â€˜Briccotondoâ€™, Piedmont, Italy 526707 $14.95
P.S. Fontanafreddaâ€™s Barbera BriccotondoÂ (#372987 $14.95) is a natural follow-on red. Itâ€™s lively, tasty with a happy summer feeling. Lightly chill.