We are continuously searching to find tasty, interesting, food friendly wines produced from indigenous grape varieties to Italy & the Mediterranean basin for our VINO restaurant. We have discovered…….easier said than done. Recently. however, we have found TWO….& are absolutely thrilled not only with what’s in the bottle, but also how much quality they deliver, given the price.
2011 Nanfro Frappato
Organically grown at roughly 1300 feet elevation in Sicily amongst sandy/clay soils, this is a wonderfully perfumed, delicious, juicy, lightly colored & incredibly food friendly Italian country wine which has finally arrived!!!!! There are a surprisingly number of this grape variety now coming into the states, but nothing this good!
2008 Riofavara “Sciave”
Riofavara is located in the Noto Valley, in the remote & rugged southern tip of Sicily. Although this family has been farming here for over a century, they only started bottling their own wine in 1993, eliciting vivacious, mineral Nero d’Avola reds from the zone’s extreme, rocky limestone & marl, organically farmed terrains. I have not tasted a Nero d’Avola anywhere close to this in quality, typicity & soul. What a discovery!!!!!!!