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Who: Fazi Battaglia
What: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2005
Where: Marche, Italy
Why: Fazi Battaglia’s Verdicchio is easy to pick out — this family-owned winery (headed by a mother and her daughters) bottles its wines in the unique amphora shape, harkening back to the shape of the vessels used for wine storage in antiquity. Light, fresh and clean, this is smacking lemon and mineral, with a crisp, elegant finish. Drink while young.
How (much): $14.99 BCLS
When: Bello with mussels or clams — dressed with lemon. Or partner with vegetarian pasta dishes
Winespeak of the Week: Verdicchio [vehr-DEEK-kyoh] is a white-wine grape grown mainly in Italy’s Marches region, where growers have been cultivating it since the 14th century. Verdicchio’s name is derived from verde (green), referring to the yellow-green skin of the grape, also contributing to the wines’ subtle greenish tone.