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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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  • La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2017  Front Label
    La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi Black Label 2017
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Produttori dei Gavi Gavi Il Forte 2017  Front Label
        Produttori dei Gavi Gavi Il Forte 2017
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        • Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2017  Front Label
          Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi 2017
          Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2017  Front Label
            Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2017
            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Broglia Gavi La Meirana 2017 Front Label
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            Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2017 Front Label
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              • La Scolca White Label Gavi 2017 Front Label
                La Scolca White Label Gavi 2017
                Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2017 Front Label
                  Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2017
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                  • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017 Front Label
                    Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017
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                  • Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2017 Front Label
                    Villa Rosa Gavi Di Gavi 2017
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                    • Beni di Batasiolo Gavi 2017  Front Label
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                    • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2017  Front Label
                      Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2017
                      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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