Giordano wines have offices near Alba in Italy, from where I receive regular cold calls offering me wine. I usually explain that I’m driving and can’t take the call, which I usually am… Their cases are a mixed bunch; the wines are variable in quality but their U.S.P. is that they offer Italian delicacies or crockery with your wine. The food is usually pretty good. I ordered their White Wine Selection case; 15 bottles for £79 inc VAT. This doesn’t come with a load of biscotti or cheap plates. It certainly fills the cellar cheaply – but is it any good?
I tasted Vermentino widely during a three week trip to Sardinia (picture below) and visited vineyards, met winemakers and got to know and like the wine. It is usually ‘refreshing’ in style, which means citrussy and quite acidic. It goes with the local food – we had it with fresh swordfish and it was perfect. It’s also produced in nearby Corsica – so Sicily isn’t really too great a stretch of the imagination as an area for production. I’ve visited Sicily twice, but never saw any Vermentino there, however it’s a robust grape and can handle intense Mediterranean sun. I liked this Giordano offering and for the price it is very good value.
Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour. Primary apple citrus notes. No secondary or tertiary notes. Balanced acidity; dry. Short finish. Flavours of citrus, some mineral notes.
Region of Origin – Sicily (nothing more specific)
Wine Colour – white
Price – £5.26 (as part of a case deal)
Where do I get it from? Giordano Wines
Current Vintage – 2019
Producer – Giordana
Grape – Vermentino
Country – Italy (Sicily)
Verdict – Good wine for the price.
Food Pairings: Works well with food due to its acidity (particularly pizza).