Talk about terroir! Chiara Soldati sums up her family’s attitude about the Cortese grape and the village of Gavi. “I believe in the native grapes,” she said at a luncheon at Lola 42 in the Boston Seaport. “In Italy, we are caretakers of so many local flavors. By drinking wine, you understand more about the country.”
Since establishing La Scolca in 1919, the Soldati family has proven that the Cortese grape can make serious white wines. And they’ve done it in Italy’s Piemonte region, famous for its reds made from Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto. This is the district of Barolo and Barbaresco — big reds that rival their counterparts in France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.