The Lacryma Christi name (translation: tears of Christ) is quite a mouthful but this refreshing Italian white wine goes down easy. It hails from the Campania region of Southwestern Italy, near the city of Naples. A blend of indigenous white grapes, Coda di Volpe and Falaghina, this tart citrus number sings with minerality, slate and nectarine. It sports soft acidity and a long, lemon rind finish. Also low in alcohol, making it a great sipping wine.
According to Wikipedia, the name originates from “an old myth that Christ, crying over Lucifer’s fall from heaven, cried his tears on the land and gave divine inspiration to the vines that grew on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy.”
Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4 stars
Occasion: Tasted at a wine bar in Tampa, Wine Exchange (thanks Craig!)
Food pairing: Sip it or pair with fresh goat cheese, and light, citrus-based seafood dishes
Availability: On restaurant wine lists and high-end retail.
Available in Tampa Bay at Bern’s Fine Wines and B-21.com