(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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  • 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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  • Greg it seems to me that the Temecula growers are trying to find the variety ... Palomar had a respectable Cortese when I visited there two years ago Read More

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  • Hoping that some of you might be able to help me out. I'm going down to AZ for vacation next week. I'm really only broadly planning which areas to go to now, and I really want to nail down some plans so I can have some idea of what we're doing! I know that there is some wine tourism in Arizona. Do you guys know anything about the wines or wineri... Read More

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  • Principessa Gavia 2012


    Fairly simple straight forward Italian white. Hints of lemon are mixed with ripe pear and a touch of white pepper. This has medium acidity and a short to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Gavi Masera Stefano Massone 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Kait7557

  • Fratelli Levis Gavi 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by KirillK

  • Principessa Perlante Gavi DOCG 2009


    I liked this wine. It was light, crisp and refreshing. Fruity nose and light and crisp on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by lynnjp

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