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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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  • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2013 Front Label
    Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2013
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Gran Passione Gavi 2013 Front Label
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      • Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2013 Front Label
        Broglia Bruno Broglia Gavi di Gavi 2013
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        • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2013 Front Label
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          • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2013 Front Label
            Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2013
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            • Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2013 Front Label
              Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2013
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            • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2013 Front Label
              Principessa Gavia Gavi 2013
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              • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2013 Front Label
                Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2013
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                • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2013 Front Label
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                  • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2013 Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2013
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                    • Broglia La Meirana Gavi di Gavi 2013 Front Label
                      Broglia La Meirana Gavi di Gavi 2013
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                    • Idlewild Fox Hill Cortese 2013 Front Label
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                      • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2013 Front Label
                        La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2013
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                        • Camporosso Gavi 2013 Front Label
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                          • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Rovereto Vigna Vecchia 2013 Front Label
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                            • Cascina Degli Ulivi Gavi 2013 Front Label
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                                • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Pilin 2013 Front Label
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                                • Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Rolona 2013 Front Label
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                                    • Giuseppe Giacosa Gavi 2013 Front Label
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                                      • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2013 Front Label
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                                            Azienda Vitivinicola Bocchino Giuseppe Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato Bocchino 2013
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