GD Vajra’s Langhe Bianco is a special rarity.  Made from 100% Riesling, this wine showcases the spectacular soil of the Langhe in an unusual and non-traditional grape varietal.  It is steely; vertical with acidity and lean minerality.  The wine has a sort of petrol-mossy green aromatic that screams “Riesling” for me, but it is truly Italian.  Earthy, elegant and seriously delicious.


Let me put this another way:  What is the one reason Aldo Vajra, a passionate Master of Nebbiolo, would dedicate any space in his limited vineyards to a non-indigenous varietal like Riesling?  You only have to taste this wine to know the answer.

The last time I was able to taste this wine was at Portland’s Nostrana– a gorgeous restaurant with a ton of old-world charm, all wrapped up in the hip-ness that is Portland.  The food is pretty stellar too- like this veal-filled pasta dish, swimming in some kind of decadent beschamel.  The perfect unctuous and cheese-laden dish to compliment Vajra’s laser-focused Langhe Bianco.

Just another reason to love Riesling.  As if you needed one more.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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4 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    I love all your wine and food parings! Thanks for sharing. The picture of the pasta is making my mouth water!

  2. Ben

    I don’t want to type cast myself as a Langhe white commenter, but I’m a huge fan. They are a bit much for the current Alabama weather – Argiolis Costamolino from Sardinia is my climate/yard work hero at the moment – but I’ve encountered several of these Langhes at tastings and I’m looking for a break in the weather.


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