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Meet Nero d’Avola

Jan 18, 2012
Meet Nero d’Avola
Pairings, attributes and fun facts about an Italian favorite

sicilyOrdering Italian wine can be a daunting task. There are so many grapes and so many regions. But you can prevail one grape at a time. One easy drinking Italian red wine: nero d’Avola.

This grape is unique to the island of Sicily and is often compared to new world shiraz. Nero means black. This dark peppery red is food-friendly, with bold fruit flavors.

If you’re serving nero d’Avola at dinner, consider whipping up lamb chops or other rich meat, or pasta with a hearty sauce.

Two suggestions:

CUSAMANO Nero d’Avola 2010 (Sicily, Italy) $10 is drinkable with or without food. It’s earthy and dark and satisfying—especially for the price.

We asked the beverage director at City Winery in New York City Matt Denune, for a nero d’Avola splurge. His suggestion:

COS Nero di Luppa 2008 (Sicily, Italy) $35 Denune said this wine is vinified in stainless steel and cement, which emphasizes the dark, meaty character of the grape. It’s unfiltered and has depth.

Do you have a go-to southern Italian red wine? Share with us below.

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