Sweet wines–also called “dessert wines” for the food that most frequently accompanies them–always appear on connoisseurs’ lists of the greatest wines in the world. Sauternes. Vintage Port. Trockenbeerenauslese. These are names that instantly weaken the knees of many an otherwise-sturdy oenophile.
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I’ve been in Sicily this week, searching for new wine discoveries to import. As I knew before visiting, on three sides of Mount Etna–which erupted while I was there!!–there is great red wine being made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, often softened with a little Nerello Cappuccio. The hard part for me was finding things not exported already to the U.S., because Etna Rosso has become as hot as the volcano itself. Great news: I found ‘em!
David is on the hunt. From Tuscany to Emilia-Romagna to Sicily…it’s a slurp fest to discover the best Italian wines to import. Lambrusco, Chianti Rufina, Etna Rosso…what a bonanza! As a fellow beneficiary of this hunt, I can’t wait to taste his findings. For today’s post, he sent this photomontage to give us a flavor of his trip. Enjoy! -Carole Amber, Editorial Director of dRosengarten.com
David’s Wine of the Week: Lambrusco Grasparrosso di Castelvetro, Monovitigno, Fattoria Moretto ($26)
One of the rising cult wines in the U.S. is dry Lambrusco–adored with the local food in the highly gastronomic area of Modena, almost completely ignored in the U.S. Why? Because 40 years ago a sweet version became famous in the U.S.—chill a Cella!–and that was lights out for the reputation of the great dry stuff. But some of us are fighting back!
I always worry about Rhônes and Burgundies from 2009. They get good vintage-chart ratings, but “good” ain’t my experience. This was a warm vintage, yielding wines uncharacteristically strong. So it was a happy surprise when I came upon this exciting red wine from the dreaded ’09 vintage. Medium garnet in the glass, a little soupy-looking.
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