March 1st-Lamézia Rosso

Last week, I sampled the grape Mantonico in a Lamézia blanco blend. This week, I decided to taste a red blend from this same DOC. The red blends are a bit more complicated when it comes to possible grapes and composition. The base wine is usually 30-50% Nerello, either Mascalese or Capuccio, with Gaglioppo and/orContinue reading “March 1st-Lamézia Rosso”

June 15th-Grillo

This week, we are venturing back to last week’s mention of Marsala wine and the white grape Grillo. Grillo, just like Catarratto, is from the island of Sicily. It is thought the grape may have originated in the region of Puglia, the heel of the boot, but this claim has not been substantiated. While thereContinue reading “June 15th-Grillo”

December 6th-Fino and Manzanilla

To kick off Sherry week, we will start with Fino and Manzanilla. This style of sherry is bone dry. Manzanilla, because of the proximity of where it is produced, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, to the sea of Jerez, has a wonderful salt note. This, combined with their very light body, make these wines perfectly paired withContinue reading “December 6th-Fino and Manzanilla”