As coastal dwelling Floridians, we're always on the lookout for good seafood-friendly wines. No wonder the bright pink shrimp on the label of the 2011 Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna from Cantina Santa Maria la Palma (about $13 at big box stores) caught our eye. This brightly acidic pale white wine made from the vermentino grape is a fine companion to all shellfish and fresh grilled fin fish, too. Stone crab fiends take note.
This Italian beauty kicks off with a light citrusy nose with a hint of apple. On the tongue it opens with fresh pear and clementine flavors enlivened by a palate-cleansing minerality and a subtly resinous edge. It finishes long and smooth, delightfully refreshing the palate for the next bite.
We enjoyed this wine with shrimp lightly dusted in corn meal and sauteed, accompanied by winter veggies baked with herbs in parchment, but it will go just as agreeably with anything from raw oysters to lobster mac and cheese.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.