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2018 Bisson Pigato Colline del Genovesato Bianco, Liguria, Italy

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It takes a heroic effort to cultivate vines on the steep slopes of the Ligurian coastline high above the Mediterranean Sea. Mechanization of vineyard tasks is out of the question and everything must be done by hand. Only truly passionate winegrowers are willing to carry on the traditions that have come down through the generations since the ancient Greeks first planted vines on the steep, stony slopes here. Lugano works closely with several small, local growers. He believes, as we do, that wine is made in the vineyards and he closely controls the work done in the field. He staunchly defends indigenous, and increasingly rare, grape varieties and works tirelessly to ensure that they do not disappear for future generations of wine lovers. Quite limited in production as it is difficult to produce and even more difficult to find the “true” variety, Bisson's Pigato is a wine of finesse, without the body of the preceding whites but with unique and intriguing flavors. It pairs exceedingly well with the fish married to herbs traditional to Lugurian cuisine. The wine is bottled in the spring following the harvest and rarely gets a chance to show its aging ability since the precious little quantity that is produced is consumed within the year!

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