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Pecorino Cornogrande Ettore Galasso

(By Marina La Forgia) For those who didn’t know it yet, Pecorino is a type of Italian cheese, but it is also an indigenous Italian white grape from Marche! Let me introduce you the “Cornogrande” from Ettore Galasso that really caught my attention.  I was curious to taste the particularities of this variety, and then I got seduced by a crispy, structured, vigorous and refreshing white. The acidity is remarkably attractive, with notes of lime, grass, apples both in aromas as well as in flavors. Wine regions like Abruzzo or Umbria are giving a “renaissance” to Pecorino grape so it could eventually become a most common Italian white. In the meantime, it’s an affordable wine to escape from the ordinary! 

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