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If you’d like to try an interesting alternative to pinot grigio, consider white wines made from vermentino. This grape is primarily grown in France and Italy but can also be found in other parts of the world including Australia and the United States. Wines made from vermentino are most often light-bodied, refreshing and very aromatic. Some are also known for their distinctive bitter almond finish. Although vermentino wines are usually delicate, some are made in a richer, fuller-bodied style and can be oaked. Both types should be consumed young. The following are two different examples.

St. Tropez 2016 Vermentino, Côtes de Provence, France

Bought • Wine Cellar Outlet, 11553 Gravois Road, in February for $11.99

Description • Although Côtes de Provence is famous for its dry rosés, it’s also home to delicious whites, and this vermentino is a fine example. An invitingly aromatic and zesty wine, it’s produced by the well-regarded Bréban family. Bright, crisp, and citrusy, this light-bodied white has a refreshing acidity that makes you want to take another sip. It would be great as an aperitif or with seafood and other light fare.

Pieve di Spaltenna 2016 Vermentino, Tuscany, Italy

Bought • Wine Cellar Outlet, 11553 Gravois Road, in February for $11.99

Description • This is an example of a richer, medium-bodied vermentino that comes from grapes grown in vineyards located in the Chianti Classico region. Tasting of stone fruits and citrus, it has hints of vanilla and some toastiness from brief aging in oak barrels. It ends with the characteristic vermentino bitter almond finish. This wine would go well with seafood in cream sauces and white meat.

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