There is no question that Italy offers the greatest variety of grapes that eventually are made into wine. Travelling this magical and delicious tasting road will fill a number of weeks for this newsletter, not necessarily in order but certainly in frequent intervals. What follows are three of our current favorites, tasty and price worthy.
Franco Serra Gavi 2013 – 100% Cortese (a white grape variety predominately grown in Piedmont) The wine is crisp and clear with wonderfully sweet and floral aromas reminiscent of almond trees in blossom. Dry and pleasant with a slightly bittersweet sensation on the finish. Serve with hors d’oeuvres and/or grilled fish.$12.99
Arcos Salice Salentino 2011 – made in Puglia from 90% Negromaro and 10% Malvasia. Deep red color with a hint of ruby. A delicate aroma of wild berries. Medium bodied, the flavor tends toward tart cherry with a hint of dark chocolate. A delicious young wine that develops velvety softness with bottle aging. A superb food wine that is ideal with pizza, lasagna and dishes made with rich tomato sauces. $12.99
Umberto Cesari MOMA 2011 – MOMA (“My Own MAsterpiece”) collection is a tribute to the art world and currently features the work “Paper Glass” by Elena Valentini on the label. The label was selected through the My Own Masterpiece art competition for students at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna. MOMA Rosso is vinified in stainless steel and aged in Italian oak. This full-bodied wine is well balanced with an abundance of raspberries and a soft, velvety texture. It is the perfect complement to pasta with tomato-based sauces, as well as grilled beef, veal, and poultry dishes. $13.99