It’s said that when Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives, he looked down upon the world he’d left behind and his eyes were drawn to the Bay of Naples. Such was the beauty he saw laid out before him that he was moved to tears which fell upon the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. The grapes, nourished in this way, produced wine with a special quality all of its own.
Another version still results in glorious wine, but this time Jesus’ tears were caused by sorrow. When Lucifer was thrown out of heaven, he and his fellow discredited angels were so furious that they stole a bit of paradise out of revenge. Tumbling towards hell, they dropped it – and it landed on the slopes of Vesuvius, which saddened Jesus so much, he wept.
Whichever story you believe, or not, there’s something special about Lacryma Christi Bianco.
Lacryma Christi is the name given to a type of red or white wine whose grapes are grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. The bianco version is a blend of Falanghina and Coda Di Volpe, which translates as Fox’s tail – as the matured grape bunch is long, bushy and golden on the vine. It is certainly an old variety that there is a specific reference about this vine since the time of Pliny the Elder who had mentioned in his Naturalis Historia a vine which he called Cauda Vulpium.
In the glass the wine has a straw yellow appearance, with a bouquet of white fruits such as peach and pear. In the mouth it is smooth and fresh with an elegant mineral finish.
Delicious on its own, but it’s perfect served with white fish, sushi and sashimi.
Once you’ve partaken a glass or two of Lacryma Christi Bianco, your senses think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
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