There is a wonderful story behind this Italian wine. Back in the 12th century a bishop was on his way to Rome for a meeting with the Pope. Being a discerning wine lover, he sent his servant ahead to scope out the best taverns or inns for wine. The servant was to write est, (“it is or there is” in Latin) on the door when he came across excellent wine. Close to Rome in the commune of Montefiascone, he found an inn and wrote Est! Est!! Est!!! since the wine was so outstanding. The rumor goes that the Bishop was so in love with the wine that he never made it to Rome and stayed there drinking away until he died.
This inexpensive white wine is a blend of Malvasia Bianca and Trebbiano. I chose the 2016, Est! Est!! Est!! di Montfiascone, DOC from Pietro. The wine had 12% alcohol by volume was dry with medium acidity and was pale straw in color. The nose showcased kiwi, pineapple, flowers and peach and the palate had additional stone fruit flavors. It was crisp with a light, creamy mouth feel. It paired beautifully with my pasta and fish. At $10 a bottle from Total Wine, I’d highly recommend it!
Don’t forget to try our delicious Malvasia when you visit Sedona. You may decide not to return home!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.