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Montecampo 2014
Gambellara DOC, Italy

Easter Parade (1948)
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Pair this expressive wine with expressive lead performances by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Featuring a classic soundtrack of Irving Berlin songs, including the iconic title tune, Easter Parade (1948) is a showcase of indelible movie moments. The Garganega grape, with its citrus and almond scents, makes a delightful partner to this festive MGM musical.

THE WINE

The renowned Zonin family are behind some of northern Italy’s most expressive, tongue-tingling whites. Their visionary leader, Gianni Zonin, was awarded Wine Enthusiast’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 (they called him “one of the most influential personalities in the Italian wine world”). His latest project is this crisp, elegant white from the Veneto’s Gambellara region – and you’re really in for a treat. Montecampo delivers ripe lemon, almond and elderflower characters in the glass.

THE GRAPE

peopleGarganega is the star of Italy’s famed Soave whites, but it also makes delicious wines in neighboring Gambellara. Sometimes blended with Verdicchio and international Chardonnay, this lemonand- almond-scented grape grows quite vigorously. In order to ensure the wine in your glass has plenty of aromatic and flavor complexity, quality-conscious winemakers like Gianni work to keep yields down.

THE REGION

Though its wines have graced the tables of Venetian high society for centuries, hilly Gambellara and its rich, volcanic soil was only granted official DOC status in 1970 – two years before its more famous neighbor to the west, Soave. While the latter’s prominence skyrocketed in the 1980s, the former has remained relatively obscure – until now. The arrival of big names like Casa Vinicola Zonin has finally drawn some well-deserved attention to the top whites coming out of this zone.

WITH FOOD

foodPair this delicate white with creamy risottos for a seriously tasty match. We like classic mushroom or zingy asparagus and lemon recipes – though most any variation would do well. You can also try: grilled white fish or poultry garnished with creamy citrus sauces, seafood alfredo or baked shells with Taleggio and cauliflower. Also a mouthwatering aperitif.

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