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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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  • Marchese Luca Spinola Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2014 Front Label
    Marchese Luca Spinola Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2014
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    • Società Agricola La Bollina S.r.l. Gavi 2014 Front Label
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      • Champagne Clergeot Gavi 2014 Front Label
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        • Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2014 Front Label
          Araldica Vini Piemontesi La Battistina Nuovo Quadro Gavi del Comune de Gavi 2014
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          • La Chiara Gavi di Gavi La Chiara Etichetta Nera 2014 Front Label
            La Chiara Gavi di Gavi La Chiara Etichetta Nera 2014
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            • Chateau de Lidonne Gavi del Comune di Gavi Fossilli 2014 Front Label
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              Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Vignobles Buffeteau Gavi di Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                • Castello di Tassarolo Alborina Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                  • Castello di Tassarolo Spinola Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                    • Palladino Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                      • Azienda Vitivinicola Domenico Filippino Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                        • Cascina Degli Ulivi Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                          • Tenuta la Marchesa Etichetta Bianca White Label Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                            • Serio & Battista Borgogno Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                              • Weingut am Worrenberg Gavi Tenuta Manenti Bric Sassi 2014 Front Label
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                                • Villa Lanata Gavi del Comune di Gavi La Toledana Toledana 2014 Front Label
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                                  • Società Agricola La Bollina S.r.l. Gavi Ventola 2014 Front Label
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                                    • Giuseppe Giacosa Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                                      • Guasti Clemente Gavi 2014 Front Label
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                                        • Azienda Agricola Magda Pedrini Gavi La Piacentina 2014 Front Label
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                                              • Cossetti Winery Gavi di Gavi 2014 Front Label
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