Featured Wine: 2011 Vitiano Bianco Umbria
I don't usually drink Pinot Grigio (too many examples taste too neutral and watered down for me), but I'm a huge fan of Italy's other whites, especially Vermentino. I discovered the 2011 Vitiano Bianco last week when shopping at Wegman's. It's easy drinking and easy-on-the-wallet, a 50/50 blend of Vermentino and Verdicchio from Umbria. The grapes are crushed and vinified separately in stainless steel before being blended together.
The result is a bright wine with a light lemon color, and appealing aromas of citrus (think pear and lime). On the palate, juicy acidity is joined by light body and a touch of peach and honeysuckle. It's great to sip all by itself, or you can also pear it with shellfish, pasta with cream sauce or soft cheeses. For about $11, it's a great food-friendly option for a house white wine, too.