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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  • Red, you're descriptions are much better than mine, but I'm not stopping, now.  I'm going to keep tryiing.Tonight I'm finishing off a bottle that I started on Sunday. This is one of the wines that I picked up at Costco a couple weeks ago, and I suspect that this is the one whose label you thought was pretty.This is a Sicilian wine made from the ... Read More

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  • Colosi Nero d'Avola 2014


    Fairly light bodied red wine. Lots of fruitiness on introduction, but its like fruit saladan indistinct flavor that might be best described as fruit salad. Very acidic makes for a refreshing drink. No tannin to speak of. An easy to drink, low-dollar cellar defender. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand from TJ's.  And, if they can sell wine in your state, there are a few that they will have that are available nationwide.  Here's a few recommendations:  That Vielle Ferme that OT recommended is available at Trader Joe's as Ferme Julien.  Same wine.  The rose and the Cotes du Rh... Read More

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  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so much on the varietals- but specific wines/vintages if you have any favorites to share.I crave the darkest, inkiest wines that you can only drink with good friends (or alone haha) because your mouth turns purple. I tend to prefer dark fruits over red, full body, fruit for... Read More

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  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

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  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013


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    Wine review by solargecko

  • Fun day!  Had a 2-hour massage, followed that up with a nice lunch at Seasons 52 - where I also met with the sales manager (Frederick) to discuss and select the wines for Sandra's 07 Nov 2015 retirement party - and this evening Sandra and I participated in a Wine Folly virtual tasting of three wines.  The pictures show me tasting between two Rie... Read More

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  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2010


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Nero d'Avola. Cusumano 2014


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    Wine review by passasr

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, pasta best exemplifies Italy’s dynamic personality. Sauces vary as do the hundreds of shapes and sizes. All are rich in history and tradition. Pasta dishes are local and seasonal, usually easy to prepare, lively and fun. The height of pasta’s elegant artistry is manifeste... Read More

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