The newest cold-hardy grape to be developed by the University of Minnesota, Itasca is making waves in the Midwest wine scene for its complexity and ability to balance dryness and acidity. Unassuming in the glass, this pale lemon wine packs on a punch on the nose and palate. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, Bartlett pear, white peach and juicy pineapple are supported by notes of gardenia, grass, wet stone, and a nutty almond quality. The high acidity, balanced by the multitude of fruit characteristics, is rounded out by just a touch of oak aging for texture. Dry and refreshing, this wine is the perfect pairing with an afternoon spent in a hammock. Goat cheese, creamy shrimp alfredo, and seared scallops with a beurre blanc sauce are all perfect partners for our Itasca.