Vernaccia

Vernaccia is a white wine grape that is found in many Italian wines but is most commonly associated with the Tuscan wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The Tuscan variety of Vernaccia appears to be an ancient varietal, but authorities disagree as to whether the grape's origins are Eastern Europe, Greek or Roman. 

Vernaccia di San Gimignano produces crisp wine with good acidity and citrus fruit. It is sometimes blended with Trebbiano but is also seen as a single varietal wine. 

Vernaccia pairs well with more savory, herbal dishes and vegetables such as fried, grilled or poached fish; non-tomato based pasta (i.e., cream, butter or cheese); prosciutto, risotto, artichokes, asparagus, beans and other vegetables with herbs; and salads with oil-dominant dressings. 

Cheeses that go well with Vernaccia include herbed or peppered Boursin, aged goat cheeses, Fontina and Pecorino cheeses.