In Italy, more than anywhere, wine and food are inseparable. Indigenous wines dominate the table because they pair exquisitely with local food. Simple as that.

And Italian winemakers aren’t seduced by accolades or international (or even national) sales. They are heroes. They just gently nudge these cherished grapes into fresh, exuberant, food-lover’s wines.

So let’s drink some!

Here are four delightful summer whites. Each is crisp, dry, and bright (that tart acidity is what’s so food-friendly) yet each has its own intrigues. I recommend you try’em all.

Pair with bright summer dishes: ALL your seafood, salty cheeses, summer pastas, grilled artichokes, tangy salads, etc. Pairing perfection. Trust me!

All from northeastern Italy, impeccably made, unoaked, organic, and exceptionally priced.

Morelli Bianchello Del Metauro ($17)
Lovely bianchello with fresh sliced granny smith apple, orange zest, almond finish.

Vallevo Pecorino C. del Trabocchi ($14)
Classic, fun pecorino–super bright with lime and fresh green herbs.

Erste-Neue Sauvignon Blanc ($19)
Somm-favorite. Weird and wonderful. Pair with summer asparagus!

Colle Stefano Verdicchio ($17)
Bright, elegant, creamy verdicchio with hints of flowers and pine.

And not to forget Italian reds! I just finagled the remainder of L’Atoueyo’s pinot noir ($15), hands-down the best Burgundian style pinot deal in my recent memory. And, by demand, brought back St. Emiliano Barbera ($25) from the astonishing 2016 vintage.

Buon Appetito!