Josto Puddu, San Vero Milis Sardegna

This is a multi-generational, family operated estate located on the western coast of the island making very traditional wines that are perfectly suited to the hearty, rustic Sardo cuisine (which also makes them perfect for a lot of the wondrous array of ethnic foods we have here in sunny SoCal!) like this Vernaccia di Oristano (closer in style to Fino Sherry than Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a fantastic aperitivo).

Josto Puddu Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 2001, Sardegna  

Josto Puddu Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 1980, Sardegna

Josto Puddu Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 1977, Sardegna

Josto Puddu Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 1968, Sardegna

Sort of Sardegna’s answer to Amontillado sherry: rich, nutty, exotically spiced on the nose, pair it with dried fruit & smoked nuts or maybe some aged cheese.


Tondini Vermentino di Gallura Karagnanj 2012

Bored with Chardonnay?  Try this!Vermentino is an ancient grape with origins in Spain but now very popular in Sardegna, Liguria, Toscana and parts of Southern France (not to mention right here in sunny SoCal!). This one balances exquisitely focused aromas of yellow fruits and a slight tinge of citrus rind on the nose with a seriously dry and minerally mouthfeel. It is crying out for lobster, scallops or other shellfish, help it fulfill its destiny.


Tenute Dettòri, Sènnori, Sardegna

Young Alessandro Dettòri inherited a vineyard with ancient Cannonau and Franche di Piede vines and decided to just let the soil of his native Sardegna speak directly to you. No fancy scientific winemaking, he just let nature sort it out (and the result is that the cuvées are often wildly different from vintage to vintage not unlike Pepe’s killer Montepulcianos). These may well be more wine than you can handle:

Dettori Bianco 2007, Sardegna  ORGANIC

To quote Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders: “This is SPECIAL….so SPECIAL”. 100% Vermentino from ancient, organically cultivated vines fermented on the skins for extra color and texture, this is not ANYTHING like your average white wine. Tasters use words like “compelling stuff”, “fantastic aromas of peaches, herbs and roast nuts”, “intensely mineral and mouthfilling”, “citrussy yet savory”. Serve it a cellar temp (55°) with savory / salty things….


Dettori Moscato Passito Moscadedu 2007, Sardegna  ORGANIC

Our notes from VinItaly 2012: “Insane, tied with Laimburg Moscato Rosa for best sweet wine at the fair. It just keeps changing and surprising you…”