Celestino Lucin, winemaker for Abbazia di Novacella, an abbey in Italy's Alto Adige region that dates to 1142, is renowned for his white wines. This Sylvaner from the 2010 vintage is no exception.
The grapes are grown on steep hillsides surrounding the abbey. Yields are low. And the result is this complex Sylvaner with a flowery bouquet and mineral undertow. It tastes of honey and pear, and its crisp acidity makes it an ideal food wine.
Drink it with steamed mussels or clams, vegetable soups and grilled fish.
Region: Alto Adige, Italy
Price: About $18
Style: Crisp and bright
What it goes with: Steamed shellfish, vegetable soups, grilled fish.
Where to find it: Almor Wine and Spirits in Hollywood, (323) 874-0410, http://www.almorwines.com; Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373, http://www.flaskfinewines.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, http://www.winex.com.