Nero d'Avola

 

Name of varietal: Nero d’Avola
 
Common synonyms: Calabrese, le vin medecine
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Sicily, Italy
 
History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was first identified. It’s been grown and produced for centuries. But besides local consumption, it was not widely known outside of Italy for a long time, as it was mostly exported to France to bulk out lighter red wines (they call it “le vin medicine”). It was largely ignored in the 1980’s, but has recently made a big comeback in worthy varietal releases, and is now considered the main local red grape of Sicily. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: dark, full-bodied, rich, velvety, black currant, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, black pepper, clove
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Sicily
 
Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry Read more »

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  • Amid a tongue-twisting litany of Italian wine varietal minutiae leading his recent article in Australia’s Financial Review, wine and drinks writer Tim White offered the wine-drinking masses a unique look into the emergence of Italian wines in the Land Down Under. White pointed out that Australia’s Chalmers nursery is exerting “pioneering efforts... Read More

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  • Ceuso Melia Scurati Sicilia IGT 2013

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    From the article Your Italian Easter Recipe Box


  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past by The Australian's Max Allen.  “In our modern world we've become obsessed with single varietal wines, where each type of grape is kept separate from the others in the vineyard and the winery – planted on its own, picked on its own, fermented on its own, bottle on it... Read More

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  • Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively. Etn... Read More

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  • Unfortunately, the place with the best wine selection in Vegas is Total Wine and More.AOA, I'm sure TW has more wine, but I really like Marche Bacchus for good selection, good prices (only a little more than I pay closer to the Cali wineries) and a cool restaurant policy--you can have any bottle in the shop at the adjoining restaurant for just $... Read More

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  • Goose Bump Velvety Red 2010

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    Very smooth and easy to drink red blend. White wine drinkers will find this enjoyable. Not too dry or fruity/sweet but a nice balance. Drinks better in a more slender glass, like a cab or zin, rather than a merlot or pinot glass. Read More

    Wine review by intergraph


  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012

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  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012

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  • Very common sicilian grape. Nice heavy fruity flavor, a great wine for first time wine drinkers. The Mt. Entea vineyards all produce a Mt. Entea Rosso strain of Nero d'Avola which is superb. Living amongst the sicilians, I've found some great local vineyards that have some Nero d'Avola table wines which you can pick up in 5 litre amounts for und...

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