Friday, October 9, 2009

The Wines of Sicily

At the grand opening of Wine Chateau’s beautiful new store in Piscataway, NJ, last weekend, there were a number of spectacular wines available for tasting. From Cakebread Merlot to Spanish Quarter Chardonnay - Albariño to Polkura Syrah and seemingly everything in between, the entire world of wine was there.

Today, though, I want to focus on the wines of Sicily. I’ve written about them here before, but this seems like a good time to consider them again. Two of my favorites last weekend were the elegant Vignali Roccamora “Carlo Alfano” Nero d’Avola – Merlot 2007 and the powerful, lush Tinazzi No. 3, a blend of Corvina, Primitivo, and, yes, Nero d’Avola.

Both of these wines amply demonstrated the range and drinkability of this great grape of Sicily, as well as the different styles in which it’s being produced.

There’s a greater range of excellent wines coming out of Sicily right now than there ever has been before, and exploring what the island has to offer is a journey that will both surprise and delight you.

For a bit more on Sicilian wine, click here for a video that Wine Spectator recently posted. It provides a quick, easy glimpse of today’s Sicilian wine industry.


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