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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  • Colosi Terre Siciliane Dry 2014

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. It was the 2nd of a two bottle night and it absolutely won this tasting hands down. Evidently most wine made from the Nero d'Avola grape and I are kindred spirits.I have rarely had an average bottle, plus it is easy on the wallet. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been great, but he makes it sound trop bon.I think if you are buying Napa Cabs from Uppercut, Buehler, et al, you might also consider Alexander Valley Vineyards.  In any case, I'm much preferring the 2013s to the '12s.  But I can't buy a case of any of them, because somehow I can't d... Read More

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  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price point lately, with neighbors looking to me for advice, and I did hear BLM's call recently as well.So two regions came to mind, not only for reasonable pricing, but for good overall quality potential. The Languedoc in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soi... Read More

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  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey that was undercooked and covered with an insipid gravy, together with some potstickers that were boiled in broth, not cooked on a castiron skillet or steamed, which is just fine. Unfortunately with some bottled sesame salad dressing poured over it. Have to respect the hospi... Read More

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  • RC - Tell me more about your favorite Chilean and Argentinian wines.  We've tried several, but mostly the low dollar ones.  EM - Mole sauce?  Ok, I guess I've had it before but I didn't know that what it was.  I'm not a cook, as you know. Yesterday we were able to have lunch at Seasons 52 again - they've been closed for about 3 months due to a f... Read More

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  • Vissuto Terre Siciliana Italy Nero D' Avola 2014

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    as most connoisseurs seem to trend towards sweetness this makes older varieties like this less palatable but not to me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Motyum Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2013

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Excellent reasonably priced example of Sicily's prized grape variety. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a good chance that you are surfeit with white wine by now. Ultra-hip rosé and orange wines aren’t your only options. Be a true trendsetter and cozy up with a late summer red. Summer calls for diaphanous red wine grapes that allow fresh fruits to shine without the deep, dar... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For some that means switching over to chilled cocktails or beer. What it should really mean for wine drinkers is carefully selecting wines that are well made, delicious, value driven and refreshing. The last thing anyone wants to sip in hot weather is a big, bloated and p... Read More

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  • NBA getting what they wanted tonight, no doubt.Lots of conspiracies about the league (or The Association, as they like to be called) wanting the series to extend, and I really didn't love some of the officiating.  (No foul on Livingston's dunk?  Well, he's come to know how to deal with that.)  I think the league also doesn't change the "Hack-a-w... Read More

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