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Cortese’s territory was once part of the city-state of Genoa, and still the grape practically owes more allegiance to Liguria than the region that grows it: Piedmont. The grape was first recorded in the early 17th century at the far southeastern corner of Piedmont, in the province of Alessandria. Cortese is most highly regarded here, where it thrives in the limestone-rich soils of Gavi, and thus is often referred to simply as "Gavi." Because of its freshness and chalky minerality, this white wine commonly populates the wine lists of the seafood restaurants along the Ligurian coast.

Tasting Notes for Cortese

Cortese is a light-bodied dry white wine whose freshness can be attributed to a reasonably high acidity. Cortese wines are expressive of lemon, apple, yellow peach, almond, white flowers and flint.

Perfect Food Pairings for Cortese

Try Cortese with baked sea bass, lobster ravioli, spanakopita, Tigullio chicken or olive & prosciutto antipasti.

Sommelier Secrets for Cortese

Cortese also grows well in the surrounding parts of Piedmont, namely Monferrato a few miles west of Gavi and just over a few hills to the east, in the Colli Tortonesi. Today Cortese has no known related grape varieties.

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    Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2011
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    • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2011 Front Label
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      • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2011 Front Label
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        • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2011 Front Label
          Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2011
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        • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2011 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2011
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          • Tenuta San Pietro Gavi Il Mandorlo 2011 Front Label
            Tenuta San Pietro Gavi Il Mandorlo 2011
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            • Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2011 Front Label
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              • Azienda Vitivinicola Domenico Filippino Gavi 2011 Front Label
                Azienda Vitivinicola Domenico Filippino Gavi 2011
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                • Michele Chiarlo Gavi Fornaci di Tassarolo 2011  Front Label
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                  • Terre di Zagara Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                    • Senorio de Ondas Gavi di Gavi La Chiara 2011 Front Label
                      Senorio de Ondas Gavi di Gavi La Chiara 2011
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                      • Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2011 Front Label
                        Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2011
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                        • Weingut am Worrenberg Gavi Tenuta Manenti Bric Sassi 2011 Front Label
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                          • Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana Toledana 2011 Front Label
                            Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana Toledana 2011
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                            • Domaine de Bel Air Gavi Mainin 2011 Front Label
                              Domaine de Bel Air Gavi Mainin 2011
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                              • Tenuta San Pietro Gavi Gorrina 2011 Front Label
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                                • Palladino Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                                    • Cantina Sant'Evasio Gavi di Gavi del Comune 2011 Front Label
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                                          Castello di Tassarolo Titouan Gavi 2011
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                                            Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2011
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                                            • La Scolca Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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