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Wine of the Week: 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca

January 19, 2013|By S. Irene Virbila | Los Angeles Times
  • 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca.
2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles…)

Here's an interesting white wine from Puglia, the region that forms the "heel" of Italy's "boot." Made from an ancient grape variety called Verdeca with a small percentage of Fiano Minutolo (don't you just love these Italian grape names?), it has a delightful nose of flowers and white peaches. It's richly fruity, but that's balanced with a tart acidity and a bit of minerality. Made by the Falvo family, who are best known for their beautiful Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and vin santo from Tuscany, Masseria Li Veli's Verdeca is a stunner for a white wine from Italy's south.

Serve it well-chilled, with peel 'n' eat shrimp, steamed Dungeness crab, or a more delicate seafood pasta or risotto. This could be the one for crab cakes too.

Region: Valle d'Itria, Puglia, Italy

Price: $16 to $19

Style: Crisp and floral

What it goes with: Peel 'n' eat shrimp, seafood pasta and risotto, lobster and crab

Where to find it:, (888) 817-8880,; Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 855-1161,; and K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,

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