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The Best Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

Cavalchina Custoza 2014
Producer: 
Azienda Agricola Cavalchina
Varietals: 40% Garnega, 30% Fernanda, 15% Trebbianello, 15% Trebbiano
Region: Custoza in Veneto, Italy
Price: $13.99
This little gem is probably one of the best Italian white wines you’ve never heard of, but must try. Aged in stainless steel, Cavalchina Custoza is crisp, clean, and wonderfully complex. It pairs beautifully with seafood and risotto, and is fantastic on its own as an apertif.

Cavalchina Bardolino 2014
Producer:
 Azienda Agricola Cavalchina
Varietals: Corvina 60%, Rondinella 30%, Molinara 10%
Region: Custoza in Veneto, Italy
Price: $13.99
This is the perfect summer red! Bright ruby red in color with a lovely and full flavor profile of ripe red fruit, cherry, and white pepper. Cavalchina Bardolino’s long, smooth finish pairs well with rich fish (salmon, tuna); mild, soft cheeses; and beef.

About the Winery: 
The Azienda Agricola Cavalchina was created in the early 1900s with the purchase of the first vineyards. Later, the cellar was built and originally included a distillery, which was in use until 1967. This region has long been known for its Soave wines. By the 1960s the Piona family (which still owns the estate) felt that the white wines of Custoza deserved better recognition than simply being labelled as Soave. In 1962, they were the first producers to label their white wines made from Fernanda, Trebbiano, and Garganega with the Custoza name and to promote the name in key markets around Italy such as Rome and Milan. Azienda Agricola Cavalchina is situated on the hills of Custoza south east of Lake Garda, in between Milan and Venice.

By: Co-op Staff

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