Fish, chicken and salad. Gavi 2015, La Toledana

Gavi wine is made from the cortese grape grown in the Piemonte region of North West Italy. The wines of Gavi are crisp and floral and the ones I prefer have overtones of peach and are a little aromatic. Gavi is best enjoyed young but it can be a hit and miss affair. It needs to be paired well with food otherwise the acidity is over powering and not at all enjoyable.  I did not intend to review my favourite Gavi (La Toledana) because it is from Majestic and I am trying to find good food wines from other places so last week, I purchased Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2015 from Waitrose. It was in their fine wine section reduced until 22 February 2017 to £9.99 from £14.99. Coincidently today, Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 chose the Broglia Gavi di Gavi to match with baked potato gnocchi, a dark green Italian cabbage -cavolo nero and pumpkin. I couldn’t have disagreed more with the description of the wine from the wine expert today. I found it to be clean, crisp and dry as did he, but I didn’t find it at all rounded and succulent. The first mouthful was fresh and lemony but after that, even with food it was acidic. I tried it with avocado then with spinach and ricotta cheese cannelloni. I also tried it with grilled salmon. Each mouthful of this wine was less satisfying than the first.  The Toledana however is gentle and smooth. It is peach, pear and honey. A perfect aperitif or an accompaniment to light food such as bread with olive oil, fish, chicken breast and salad. This is a wine for simple flavours. The chicken or the fish were not cooked in anything other than olive oil, lemon and seasoning.  £9.99 Majestic.

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