The varietal responsible for creating the specialty of the same name found in the central and eastern portions of Italy. Verdicchio can range from zingy and citrusy to plush and elegant to almondy and bitter on the finish. The best often will have some of all three components. A very productive varietal, Verdicchio grows especially well in the sandy soils of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi D.O.C. Look for the wines from Bucci, which was named the Winery of the Year for 2004 by the Italian Magazine Gambero Rosso.