Posts tagged ‘Red Wine’

December 24, 2011

2009 Lamùri Nero D’Avola

2009 Lamùri Nero D'Avola

It’s Christmas Eve and all the elves are busy wrapping presents, cooking and setting the family table for a special feast. Running all those last-minute errands to make sure Santa didn’t forget anything? Did you remember the wine? Because it’s not a party until someone brings the wine. Santa could certainly use a glass to warm him up tonight, even though it’s almost 50 degrees in the northeast. Whatever the temperature is outside, this Italian red is sure to please the most sophisticated wine enthusiast at your table.

Sicily’s signature grape is the Nero d’Avola. According to Serious Eats, Nero d’Avola is “often compared to Syrah both in flavor and its favored growing conditions, Nero d’Avola thrives in the island warmth of Sicily.” This red was perfectly fruity and a delicious match with dinner at our favorite BYOB Italian restaurant, Villaggio in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. At around $18.00 with a 91 rating from Wine Advocate, I’d recommend picking up a bottle (or a case) on your next trip to the wine store. This would make a lovely hostess gift if you’re visiting friends and family over the holidays.

November 22, 2011

2007 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

2007 Valle Reale Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

We had this 2007 Montepulciano with dinner over the weekend. It was excellent. The only word that comes to mind is smooth. We don’t care for wines that are too dry or that have an acidic bite at the end. This Italian red was fruity, full-bodied and easy to drink. At about $18.00 a bottle, Wine Advocate gives it 91 points. For my Bucks County locals, I purchased this at Phillips Fine Wines in Stockton. This is a nice bottle for the holidays.

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