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2018 Gavi Il Forte from Produttori del Gavi #ItalianFWT


This month the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers are taking a look at high quality wine from Italian cooperative cellars. Read the event invitation from Kevin at Snarky Wine: here. You'll see my official post on Friday...and another post once my wine samples arrive. I am on the opposite coast from the sponsor and my shipment was scheduled to arrive the day of event. That wouldn't work! So, stay tuned for a separate post on those wines.

But I was able to track down a bottle on my own beforehand. I found a bottle of 2018 Gavi Il Forte from Produttori dei Gavi.


A wine cooperative, like any other cooperative, is an organization run jointly by its members who also share in the benefits or the profits. In the middle of the 20th century, 83 vignerons started a cooperative whose current name is Cantina Produttori del Gavi. Today their membership is almost at 100 reaching every corner of the Gavi DOC area from Tassarolo to Bosio.

Gavi is the town from which this wine comes; it is also the name of the grape though it is sometimes called Cortese. A white wine grape, it comes in many forms including frizzante, spumante, metodo classico and méthode ancestrale.


To the eye this wine was a brilliant straw-yellow. To the nose, the wine was almost too subtle and soft. It needed to warm a bit before the stone fruit and hazelnut notes were apparent. On the palate, it was simultaneously creamy but with a bright acidity.

Based on its lively mouthfeel and broad range for flavors, I served it with three different homemade pastas with sauces that also ranged from creamy and tomatoe-y to piquant and spicy. This was a great food friendly pour. I can't wait to track down another bottles and pour it with seafood next time.

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