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2004 falanghina feudi di san gregorio

Falanghina_feudi_3 falanghina?  that was a new one to me when i first tried it at NYC's Otto

Otto has a fascinating italian wine list, and knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.  put those two things together and you've got an opportunity to try a bunch of wines along with some good pasta and OK pizza.  in fact, i go to Otto for the pasta, salumi, antipasti, and wine, and not for the pizza.

falanghina grows in campania for sure.  it's a full-bodied white, and a nice change from the usual italian varieties that i normally drink.  the 2004 falanghina from feudi di san gregorio has notes of banana and smoke.  its golden yellow hue is very "pretty", if that's a reasonable descriptor for wine.  it's got great acidity that makes you chew your tongue.  a very nice food wine, and just heavy enough to play nice with the olive oil in tuna crudo.

the bottle is about 15 dollars at carlo russo in ho-ho-kus, and 12 at Bottle Kings in the area.  the guys are carlo russo are really good, know their stuff, and are passionate about their products.  they have a wine tasting every saturday afternoon, and, in my experience, they'll match prices of competitors when you're buying a case or are a familiar face.