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A Food Lover's Guide to Genoa, Italy

Frutti di mare at Antica Osteria di Vico Palla, in Genoa’s historic center.

Photo: David Cicconi

Ligurian Wine Tips

Italy makes some of the most famous wines in the world—bold, flavorful reds such as Barolo, Brunello, and Chianti. None of them come from Liguria. But that doesn’t mean the local products aren’t delicious, especially the whites. Ligurian wines are typically light and refreshing and are a great complement to seafood. Here, three to look out for on menus or back home.

Bruna Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato U Baccan The 2005 edition of this crisp white may be the finest wine ever made in the region, and the 2006 isn’t far behind. It tastes like an apricot crème brûlée.

Claudio Vio U Grottu A focused and floral Pigato from a tiny producer. It’s a hard-to-find bottling but worth looking for. The mouthfeel is Burgundian, but the minerality is pure Liguria.

Terre Bianche Arcana Rosso This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and the indigenous Rossese could almost pass for a wine from the Tuscan coast. Not for pairing with fish, but rather a hearty pasta or stew.

Bruce Schoenfeld is Travel + Leisure’s wine and spirits editor.


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