Wines of Sardinia are not a standard offer from us, and in fact, we have offered very little other than the incredible wines of Giovanni Montisci, which are three times the price. We recently tasted this among some Italian wines of the same pedigree, and this was a decisive winner. On the Northwestern coast lies the picturesque town of Alghero, where Vinge Rada calls home. Here Luigi Bardino left his life as a banker to follow his passion for wine with his family, a surprisingly prime location for growing grapes due to its coastal influence and the cold winds of the Mistral that originate in France taming the Mediterranean heat. Vinge Rada only works with grape varietals native to the island, and the Riveria is from "Cannonau," which is the Sardinian name for Grenache. After destemming and a light pressing, it is aged in 70% stainless steel along with 225L, and 500L used barrels. Riveria is not your typical Grenache; this is light, fresh, and energetic with a superb salinity that invokes feelings of having a glass on a terrace overlooking the sea while enjoying some local cheeses and cured meats. Its a delicious and well-balanced bottle that shows a side of Grenache that is not common, and Vinge Rada pulls it off flawlessly.