Italian white wines may not always use the same grapes as California

and French white wines do, but that doesn‚t mean that you should be

intimidated by them.

Italian whites are food friendly, and you‚re going to find them at

just about every price range,‰ says Peter Forbes, the wine director for

Centennial Liquor Stores. „There are a lot of high end wines, but there are

still a lot of values at the lower end.‰

Italian whites are fine summer sipping, usually lighter and less

overwhelming than their California and French counterparts. Serve them well

Consider, for example:

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 1997 ($18). Pinot grigio is a very

popular Italian grape, and makes a crisp and citrusy wine similar to a

California sauvignon blanc. Goes with light pasta and chicken.   

Luna de Luna 1997 ($10). This is pinot grigio-chardonnay blend is

ideal  with salads and grilled seafood.

Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio 1997 ($7). A fruity wine that goes well

with pork, pasta and light seafood.

Santa Margherita 1997

Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio dei Castellidi Jesi (1996)

Luna di Luna (1998)