The vines over cliffs of the small fishing villages of Cinque Terre is one of the more evocative of wine growing areas in Italy. But, there's even more to discover in this region of mild winters and balmy summer nights. A region where seafood reigns supreme, and where fish mongers divide fresh anchioves between those netted during the night and those of the morning.
The port city of Genova romantically divides the coastline to where the sun sets, Ponente, and where the sun rises, Levante. The later is usually known as the Italian Riviera and is more famous with the exception of the wine zone of Colli di Luni, a zone that stradles into Tuscany and produces excellent Vermentino.i
The less touristy Ponente side offers the whites of Vermentino and the intriguing but little known Pigato; there's also the rare and elegant Rosses di Dolceaqua.
Anyone for fried anchioves and a glass of Vermentino?