The hilltop town of San Gimignano in Siena is one of Italy’s most iconic vistas. Thirteen slender towers erected in medieval times dominate the landscape (there were once 72 of them!), measuring up to 53 meters tall. They were symbols of power, built by families to show their wealth—and surely were the world’s earliest skyscrapers. Vernaccia (say ver-NACH-ah) is the local white grape, appreciated for lemony crispness, light body, and nutty, almond finish. The best examples of Vernaccia are seldom exported, but I have found a phenomenal one from a top-quality vintage. Bright gold in colour, it has flavours of apple and pear that wash over the mid-weight palate, ending on a fennel note that is typical of Vernaccia. It’s dry, clean, and crisp, and if you like to drink Pinot Grigio or un-oaked Chardonnay, this wine will fit you like a glove. Perfect for summer seafood salad, grilled chicken, or with one of Siena’s most famous dishes, Ribollita—a rustic vegetable and bread soup that’s delicious warm or cold.