WINE OF THE WEEK: 2011 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca; from Valle d'Itria, Puglia, Italy; costs $16 to $19; serve 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 crabcakes too.