(aka. Gavi)

Cortese is a minor grape grown in the Piedmont region of Italy, used to make that region’s dry white wine known as ‘Gavi’. The resulting wine can be described as typically Italian, with high acidity, neutral flavor and delicate aromas. Although the wines are rarely of exceptional quality, they command a relatively high price because of Piedmont's esteemed location as a viticultural region. A few dedicated Italian producers have planted the grape in California, but its acreage is miniscule.

Lean, aloof and perfectly tailored. You travel
the world with an air of Italian sophistication.
Your cosmopolitan friends would be surprised to
learn that you were born a simple farm girl in the
hills of Monferrato. Look at you now Ms Cortese.
In your element, the spokeswoman for a trendy
designer label. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Mauro Sebaste Gavi 2013


    Pale yellow color in the glass. Fairly fruity noseapricot, apple. Quite light on the tongue. As from the nose I get green apple and apricot flavors. Noticeable spritz sensation mid-palate with citrus at the back of the palate. Nice, refreshing, easy drinking wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Valle Berta Gavi Italy Cortese 2013


    a decent old world wine, maybe it should have spent a season in the oak for the likes of my palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Ricci Terre del Timorasso 2009


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • You´re right guys. So better comments for the Piedmont wineries:Vini ... ... ... let's visit Giuseppe Cortese winery where is the best view on the famous vineyard Rabajá. The really good wines you can find also in Ada Nada winery where you will by host of very friendly Mrs. Nada and you will taste nice range of their wines. Finally if you want... Read More

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  • Coppo Gavi la Rocca 2012


    A bit stinky on the nose with lots of floral character and hints of steely minerality, honeycomb, and somewhat exotic persimmon and guava tinged fruit. Some trapped CO2 lends this a prickle on the tongue, followed by rather delicate but pure mineral and white floral flavors laid over a base of delicate peach tinged citrus pith flavors. This has ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • We are are going to this area in September. We have been to Italy 4 times but never to this region. We are winos and foodies and would like some ideas on where to stay in this area. We will have a car and any help would be aprreciated. Hotels recs would be welcome as there are many options out there are you know. Thank you in advance Read More

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  • The last Charbono I had was a couple years ago from Mt. Palomar WInery.  I ... tried varietal bottlings of Cortese and Cinsault.  Again, perfectly functional wines, but I would not necessarily encourage anyone to seek them ou Read More

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  • I believe I have Dmcker to thank for endorsing Charbono in another thread.Got roped into a dinner last night when I should have been on my way home to my family...and it would have been especially painful if I didn't know to order the Charbono on the short by the glass menu. This was the most satisfying Napa wine I can remember, probably eclipsi... Read More

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  • I'm sorry but I draw the line on California. Chardonnay at $50. Besides, ... A blend of Vermentino, Cortese & Arneis coming in at a crisp 12.2. Drinks like a Grüner and a no brainer at this price. Or this Grenache-Syrah blend from Jolie-Laide, a new local (Forestville) label to watch. Love the artwork and love how it  sports a low 13.2 abv. I ... Read More

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  • JD, you really know your Italian varietals.  At Total Wine, they have a 2011 Cortese Nebbiolo Langhe for $25.  That sounds like a good start.  I didn't see any of the Burlotto Lange Nebbiolo. Read More

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