Wine in the VI: Pio Cesare Gavi
The Virgin Islands are a wonderful place to visit especially if you happen to love food and wine! We have many visitors throughout the year from the wine and hospitality industry and, in March, we welcome Pio Boffa from Pio Cesare winery in Italy.
Pio is the 4th generation family member to run this amazing winery. We were fortunate enough last year to have a visit from his nephew, Cesare - Generation 5!
Pio Cesare Winery was founded in 1881in the beautiful town of Alba, in Piedmonte, Italy. They produce some of the most iconic wines from all of Europe. This month our featured wine is Pio Cesare Gavi . The Gavi wine is made from the Cortese grape, translated literally to courteous because it is just so nice! Gavi is the town where the grapes are harvested. The wine is fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks and held on the lees for 4 months. The bottling is traditionally done around this time every year in late February-early March.
This wine has an amazing freshness and clean spicy fragrance. You may find it at The Cultured Pelican to enjoy by the glass. It pairs so well with our locally caught fishes finished in light clean sauces, it also works with spicy or Asian influenced recipes.
Pio Cesare is known for their big Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and I would highly recommend trying both those wines as well. The Barbaresco is known as the queen of Piedmonte and Barolo the king; both made from the indigenous Nebbiola grape.