Contributor Lana Bartolot comments on the Italian-American tradition of “Feast of the Seven Fishes” as a Christmas Eve dinner theme. While some area Italian Wine professionals look to Campania for Fiano di Avellino or Le Marche for Verdicchio, Attems Cicinis Sauvignon Blanc 2020 and Collio Sauvignon Blanc 2021 are lauded for their pairing merits.
Attems “Cicinis” Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Collio DOC. Has classic markers of Sauvignon Blanc but more in the Loire Valley style than new world. It jumped out at first, but calmed down after a couple of days, mellowing into an even sip that pairs well with heavier fish with cream sauce.
Attems Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Venezia Guila IGT. Similar to its Collio sibling this SB is more Loire-inflected than Marlborough, but still has plenty of zest, featuring sharp lime. It nuanced—not in your face, nor green-aggressive. Balanced, suave, well made with intention.
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