|Occasion: Dinner with exceptional friends and conversations
Food:Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
Music: Louis Prima - Oh Marie - Oh Marie
From the land of the mofia, spleen sandwiches and incredibly amazing fresh tuna hails Caruso & Minini's Nero d'Avola, Sicily's most famous indigenous varietal. What's fascinating about Sicilian wine is that there is an old-school, rustic vibe to them, yet an obvious modernity exist as well. I find them super interesting, while being fun and vibrant at the same time. Perplexing to say the least. The Hero d'Avola-based example has plump red and blue fruit, fresh rose petals and white chocolate on the nose and the front of the palate as if it is a classic Argentinian Malbec. Then, subtle pomegranate, orange zest and dried spice notes fill out the mid-palate and clean up and balance out hte wine, finishing with a medium+ bodied wine with checked alcohol and noted acidity. It's generous and delicious yet tempered and balanced. It's the best of both worlds! IT's as if Argentina's Malbec and Tuscany's Sangiovese had a love child.