Our first taste of Lugana wine was at an exquisitely romantic restaurant overlooking Lake Garda in the storybook commune of Sirmione in Lombardy.
It was 1985, our first trip to Europe together, kind of a pre-honeymoon as we were to be married in the coming fall.
Wanting to savor every part of Italy in it's truest form we followed the advice of a food and wine writer and always ordered the "Vino Locale" with our meals. On this night we had seafood and so it was "Vino Bianco Locale." And of course it was a Lugana, the "white wine of Lake Garda." We loved it.
We first enjoyed Kim Crawford wines well over a decade ago just about the time his wine was first hitting the US market. They were bright and exciting and gained immense popularity. Crawford helped put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the world stage and innovated with the now so popular screw tops.
Fast forward about 15 years and here we are tasting three contemporary bottles from the winery that still bears his name, a new wine maker, Anthony Walkenhorst, is creating wines that serve the Crawford legacy well.