My longtime friend Donna Blakemore and I sit at the wine bar in La Posta, sipping Italian white wine turning gold in the lowering sunlight. The occasion is simply to catch up with someone I see only once a year. The wine reinforces the pleasure of our reunion.

Made by Angiolino Maule from garganega and trebbiano grapes, organically-grown and aged in steel, the La Biancara “i Masieri” is crisp, dry, laden with citrus and perfume of nectarines. Splendid stuff.