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A Wine To Try: 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca

The 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca goes with peel ÔnÕ eat shrimp, seafood pasta and risotto, lobster and crab. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca goes with peel ÔnÕ eat shrimp, seafood pasta and risotto, lobster and crab. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca

Region: Valle d’Itria, Puglia, Italy

Price: $16 to $19

Style: Crisp and floral

Goes with: Peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, seafood pasta and risotto, lobster and crab

Here’s an interesting white wine from Puglia, the region that forms the “heel” of Italy’s “boot.” Made from an ancient grape variety called Verdeca with a small percentage of Fiano Minutolo (don’t you just love these Italian grape names?), it has a delightful nose of flowers and white peaches. It’s richly fruity, but that’s balanced with a tart acidity and a bit of minerality. Made by the Falvo family, who are best known for their beautiful Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and vin santo from Tuscany, Masseria Li Veli’s Verdeca is a stunner for a white wine from Italy’s south.

Serve it well-chilled, with peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, steamed Dungeness crab, or a more delicate seafood pasta or risotto. This could be the one for crab cakes too.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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