Tried to new white wines to beat the heat for our apericena at home. We bought these two whites… which one was better?

 

ERBALUCE DI CALUSO “FIORI DI GHIACCIO” 2009   VS. FIRRIATO GRILLO “ALTAVILLA DELLA CORTE” 2008

This Erbaluce di Caluso was definitely worth the money, retail price: €5.50 was crisp and dry. Alcohol percentage: 12.5% Would be perfect for fish dishes and seafood appetizers. We drank it after the Grillo so it seemed to lack intensity in flavors but could be a nice light white wine. This wine comes from a total of 30 municipalities in the area of the Torino hills.

This was the first time I had tried the grape variety Grillo from Sicily.Sicilian wines are unique because the vines are planted in such dry, sandy terrain. The result for this wine was a luscious peachy nutty tasting wine. You could easily notice the hints of summer fruit but I would not call this a sweet fruity white. The nutty aftertaste was a beautiful finish. Well balanced, 100% Grillo, 13.5% alcohol. I think this wine would obviously be paired well with fish but also with lighter white meats and cheeses given its slight fruit flavors and complexity.

The winner is: GRILLO! From the South

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