Hailing from Veneto, Italy, the 2013 La Cappuccina Pinot Grigio is a lovely soft summer white, beautifully crafted from organically grown grapes. We paid about $13 at a bay area big-box wine retailer and consider that a very good price for such a well-structured table wine.
The nose displays just one note — a clean and soft Meyer lemon — but it is precisely the right note. The subtle freshness of Meyer lemons dominates the flavor profile, too, abetted by equally soft apricot and a subtle floral floor, as well as a welcome kiss of minerality. It finishes long and clean and fresh with a pronounced pop of white tea at the finale. In addition to serving with food, this wine makes a superior social sipper or aperitif.
When it comes to pairing, we suggest sauteed Greek-style shrimp with feta and tomatoes or a rich asparagus risotto.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.