Wine-Searcher describes the Coda di Volpe grape as: “a white wine grape used to make medium- to full-bodied white wines since ancient times in Campania, southern Italy. The name Coda di Volpe means "tail of the fox", and was given in reference to the variety's long, pendulous bunches of grapes, which resemble a fox's bushy tail. Coda di Volpe grapes are golden-yellow in color, as is the wine they make.”
I felt it fitting to start this post off with a description of this week’s “Wine of the Week” as even in my long and illustrious career (too much?) I had never run into wine using this particular grape variety before. So then you might ask (I even asked myself this same question), why do a review on a wine I had never had before and how did I come to choose it in the first place?
The latter is pretty simple to answer. I was given a bottle of the wine. Why do a review? Much like George Mallory’s answer why he wanted to climb Mount Everest: “Because it’s there!” In my case, it was, “because I have it!” This particular Coda di Volpe is the:
Terredora Di Paolo Irpinia Le Starse Coda di Volpe 2017
Here’s another one of those pesky labels that we have to decipher. Easy peasy though. Terredora Di Paolo is the winery, plain enough. Irpinia is the region of Italy this wine comes from. Located about 50 miles East of Napes in the heart of Campania and recently (2005) elevated to the status of DOC (please don’t ask me what DOC means). Le Starse would normally be the name given to the wine or possibly the name of the vineyard. After exhaustive research (well maybe 15 minutes), I got nothin’.
Native to Irpinia, this wine, as described in the first paragraph, does produce a medium bodied wine with a slight pear taste. Citrus was also present as was nice, but not overbearing, acidity, most likely coming from the fact that this wine region is in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius and its volcanic soil. The wine paired well with the Mahi Mahi dinner that I prepared. Click here for the tech sheet.
Coming in at under $20, this is a great food wine for those times you’re planning a meal of seafood or shellfish. It might take a little more effort to find the wine as there doesn’t seem to be a lot of Coda di Volpe wines around, but if you find one, give it a try.