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Grillo: Capturing The Sicilian Sun And Sea In The Glass - Forbes

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“Grillo is perhaps the grape variety that best represents Sicily and its multifaceted soul,” explains Marilena Leta of Gorghi Tondi Winery, “We love the fact it can be expressed in so many ways.”

Sauvignon Blanc lovers: Meet Grillo—a white grape hailing from Sicily, producing a fruity, crisp, and savory wine.

Historically known for its use in Marsala wine, Grillo, a crossing of Catarratto and Muscat of Alexandria (Zibbibo) grapes, plantings bordered extinction as Marsala consumption decreased. However, the grape’s thick skin and high natural acidity increase its ability to withstand Sicily’s hot, dry climate – elevating its popularity once again among winemakers.

“Grillo is super versatile,” adds Leta, “it performs well in many different wine making expressions, especially on the Western coast, where the sea breeze and the sandy-limestone soils are its backbone.”

Often unoaked to maintain freshness - notes of citrus, stone fruit, tropical fruit, blossom, and herbs, with pronounced acidity, delight. Oak aging and extended lees contact add depth and complexity to the mouth-feel, while bottles produced from coastal vineyards are mineral-driven with pronounced salinity.

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Another bonus – at under $25.00, Grillo over-delivers for the price.

Capturing the Sicilian sun, this food-friendly wine welcomes summer cuisine. Donnafugata recommends pairing Grillo with Busiate with Trapani-style pesto sauce or Octopus salad. Additional suggestions include goat cheese, peach, honey, and mint crostini, cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto, citrus glazed sea bass, grilled peach and chicken salad, and grilled lemon chicken.

2019 CVA Canicattì Aquilae Bio Grillo DOC: abundance of yellow-flesh fruit, fresh flowers and herbs with trailing spice; lively palate, crisp, savory and long

2019 CVA Canicattì Fileno Grillo DOC: crafted of grapes grown in southwest Sicily leans toward crisp orchard fruit, spice, and warm nuts; palate balances savoriness with acidity

2019 Firriato Altavilla Delle Corte Grillo DOC: grapes grown on the hills of the Borgo Guarini Estate offer aromatic notes of citrus and stone fruit and fresh herbs; rich texture coats, but finishes with crisp, mineral-driven acidity

2019 Gorghi Tondi Coste A Preola Grillo Biologico DOC: representing a strong bond between the winery and surrounding nature habitat, tropical and stone fruit mingle with wild herbs and sea salt, rich full mouthfeel, long salty finish

2019 Gorghi Tondi Grilletto Grillo Biologico DOC: purest expression of organic fruit without added sulfites, under-ripe stone fruit and floral notes mix with a hint of reduction, crisp acid-driven palate is refreshing with lingering salinity

2018 Donnafugata Sur Sur Grillo DOC: youthful notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and stone fruit mingle with fresh flowers and herbs; exuberant palate with a kiss of reduction, high acidity, and salty finish that keeps mouthwatering for more

2018 Gorghi Tondi Kheirè Grillo Biologico DOC: meaning “welcoming” this wine is approachable and relaxed, expressing high salinity with citrus and minerality, crisp, elegant, and mouthwatering.

2018 Tenuta Rapitala Vìviri Grillo DOC: sun-ripened notes of melon, tropical fruit, and juicy citrus envelop the senses; crisp, refreshing, bright fruit, honeysuckle, and long finish

2018 Tasca d’Almerita Mozia Fondazione Whitaker Grillo DOC: crafted of grapes grown on the island of Mozia, off the coast of Sicily in the Marsala lagoon, lively notes of citrus, stone fruit, Mediterranean herbs, and a bouquet of fresh flowers; a savory palate is driven by vibrant acidity and a focused saltiness.

NV Gorghi Tondi Palmarès Spumante Biologico Brut and 2016 Grillodoro Passito IGP demonstrate the flexibility of Grillo. The Charmat-style bubbles deliver refreshing notes of orchard and stone fruit in a fine, persistent perlage; while the Botrytis produced passito dazzles with notes orange blossom, beeswax, saffron, dried apricots, and roasted almonds, sweet yet balanced, with a long, acid-driven finish.

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