Try this unsung hero of white wines,—

I am often asked, ‘What’s the next big thing in wine?’ My choice would be Verdicchio, the little-known Italian white grape that produced high-quality 2018 wines for low prices.

Verdicchio comes from the Marche along Italy’s Adriatic coast, where rivers moderate the climate around ancient fortified hilltop villages. You say it Ver-Dick-Ee-Oh (meaning little and green) and for reliable quality, pick bottles labelled ‘Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi’, named after those hilltop fortifications.

Along with zingy refreshment it has a moreish tang along the lines of grilled almonds, which makes it a fab aperitif or ace with light bites, from salads to shellfish.

And best of all? Pretty much every supermarket has a decent bottle in its line-up – and though the prices are modest, this little green grape deserves to be the next big thing.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

JOLLY GREEN GIANT: Verdicchio di Matelica 2018 (12.5%) Tesco £6.25. Stunning seaside freshness, a brilliant aperitif for the price.

THE GREEN, GREEN GLASS OF HOME: The Best Verdicchio 2018 (12%) Morrisons £6.50Silky, pristine and superbly quenching. Sip away!

RACING GREEN: Taste the Difference Verdicchio Classico 2018(13.5%) Sainsbury’s £7. Richly textured with classy bite and brilliance. Ace.

BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR: The Society’s Verdicchio Classico 2018 (12.5%) The Wine Society £7.95Another big win from The Wine Society – join and order at once.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2018 (12.5%) Co-op £6. The Co-Op’s wines are getting tough to beat and this lemony steal of a wine leads the pack.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 9th June 2019

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