month's picks: Passport Series Nero D'Avola
Sweetness: Dry Alcohol: 14% Body:
Wine: A lesser known Italian red wine grape, Nero
DAvola has long
been a prized varietal in its native Sicily and in
the last decade has been gaining favour in the rest
of the world as a serious red, joining the ranks of
big Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Nero DAvola
offers aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of vanilla
and smoke, and abundant flavours of ripe black cherry
& plum with spicy accents, velvety tannins, and
a long finish.
Region: Situated just off the toe
of Italys boot, Sicily is home to a number of
active volcanoes, which create rich, fertile soils
ideal for agriculture. The largest of the Mediterranean
islands, Sicily enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate
with mild, wet winters, and hot, dry summers with
consistent sunshine. This combination of mineral-rich
soil and reliable weather create near perfect conditions
for growing wine grapes
pairings: A great wine to match with rich meats.
Try with beef stews, game meats, or barbecued angus
burgers topped with bacon. Black bean or shitake mushroom
based dishes also make for excellent matches.
Nero D'Avola is a Passport Series wine available
exclusively at the Orléans Town Centre Wine
Kitz location on St. Joseph Blvd. near the corner
of Prestone Drive. You
can pre-order your kit now by calling 613-841-8197
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mention that you read about this wine in Grape Pickings
and receive a $10 discount.
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