If Italian wine still has a best-kept secret, it is Lugana, the seductive world-class white made on the southern shore of Lake Garda. According to owner Michele Montresor, his Ottella vineyards’ heavy, compacted white clay and sand soil, on a bed of unconsolidated glacial debris, forces the vines to produce fewer grapes, the main reason for his Lugana’s poise and body. Made from 100% fastidiously hand-harvested Turbiana grapes, un-oaked, this wine is brilliantly fresh and vibrant, with lovely, mouth-watering green apple and tropical notes, deep, richly textured and balanced. It pairs wonderfully with salami, white meat, pizza, pasta and risotto, and is the perfect companion to fish and shellfish, and is a lovely aperitif as well. We cannot say enough about this delicious wine, a wine of true character, refined and graceful with pure mineral energy and a long, resounding finish.