Trebbiano may not be the world's most exciting grape variety. High-yielding and widespread (particularly across much of Italy), it's certainly produced some very ordinary wines. However, this is not the full story and there are many good examples to be found.
Known by different names, depending on where it's produced, it's probably best described as a group of white wine grapes, with sub-varieties including Trebbiano Toscana, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano di Soave etc.. It's also used for brandy and balsamic vinegar production. Indeed in France, Trebbiano Toscana, known as Ugni Blanc, is an important component of both Cognac and Armagnac.
During the warm summer months, especially in the oppressive heat we've all been experiencing, a bright, crisp, lemony fresh wine makes perfect sense. That's what a good Trebbiano can provide and pairs superbly with lighter food too.
La Chiamata Trebbiano 2019 Abruzzo DOC (12% ABV) is made by talented young winemaker Ludovica Crugnale. Grapes are handpicked from a sun-kissed vineyard in Italy's central eastern Abruzzo region. A simple, cool fermentation is then used to produce this bright refreshing white wine.
Appearance: straw with a pale green tinge.
Nose: bright aromas of lemon, lemon verbena and Golden Delicious apples.
Palate: light, refreshing and easy-drinking with similar fruity notes of citrus and apple plus a hint of herbs.
Food Match: Perfect for drinking on its own or as an apéritif, this wine pairs well with simple summer salads like Insalata Caprese, pasta with a pesto sauce, many cheeses e.g. a hard goat cheese and various light dishes, including white fish goujons.
You can buy La Chiamata Trebbiano 2019 from Laithwaites, RRP £9.99.