ely wines for summer #1

ely wines for the summer- drink something different this year!

Falanghina – Italy
by ely sommelier Ian Brosnan

This ancient grape is from the Irpinian hills in Campagne, the region around Naples..It is pronounced “falangeena”, with a hard “g” – and it is a perfect summer wine, light enough for lunch, fresh enough to drink in the garden and tangy enough to sip with food.

Naturally, given its origin, it works well with tomato-heavy Neapolitan dishes: spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, garlic and herbs; or tomatoes baked with marjoram, parsley and breadcrumbs.

But it’s equally good with fish, too: scallops fried until they just begin to caramelise,fresh, squid with lemon juice squeezed over it, blackened on the barbecue and tangled up with rocket, chargrilled seabass with capers, parsley and lemon….

As a wine, it manages to combine defined flavour- often orange peel- with a remarkable freshness that singles it out as a perfect all-rounder. Falanghina is becoming increasingly widely available in both restaurants and good wine shops.

Now all we need is the summer!

Ian Brosnan

Try for yourself.. Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina 2011 is available by the glass in all three ely restaurants.

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