Just in time for summer drinking, a crisp, refreshing white from one of the oldest wine houses in the Veneto. Masi's Masianco Pinot Grigio e Verduzzo delle Venezie blends 75% Pinot Grigio with 25% Verduzzo. Picked very ripe and dried on racks for a few weeks before fermenting, the native Verduzzo gives the wine depth and character. It's not often you find a summer quaffing wine, especially at this price, that you want to keep drinking. It's round and fruity, with a bit of minerality but finishes dry.
Just the wine for spaghetti alle vongole, steamed mussels, seafood pasta and risotto — and paella.
Region: Veneto, Italy
Price: $10 to $12
Style: Fresh and bracing
What it goes with: Seafood pasta and risotto, paella
Where to find it: Fine Wine House in Pasadena, (877) 981-6555, www.finewinehouse.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, www.hitimewine.net; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, www.thewineclub.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse.com, among others.