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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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    Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2011
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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          • Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2011 Front Label
            Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2011
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            • Castelvero Piemonte Cortese 2011 Front Label
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              • Picollo Ernesto Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                • Tenuta San Pietro Gavi San Pietro 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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                    • Castello di Tassarolo Titouan Gavi 2011 Front Label
                      Castello di Tassarolo Titouan Gavi 2011
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                      • Marchesi di Barolo Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                        • Tenuta San Pietro Gavi Gorrina 2011 Front Label
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                          • Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                            • La Scolca Gavi di Gavi 2011 Front Label
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                              • Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2011 Front Label
                                Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana La Toledana Raccolto Tarvo 2011
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                                    • Chateau de Lidonne Adelasia Cortese 2011 Front Label
                                      Chateau de Lidonne Adelasia Cortese 2011
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                                        • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Rovereto Vigna Vecchia 2011 Front Label
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