One of the great things about Italy is fabulous wine. And one of the great things about Sicily is fabulous wine at a great price. This stunner is no exception. The Vigna Stidda Vineyard, located in southeast Sicily, is about 1 hectar in the Canzeria Valley, at an altitude of 420 meters, with an exposure to the west. The Mediterranean climate is moderated by wide day-to-night temperature swings, and the soil is a mixture of limestone and clay, which produces wonderful fruit and great acids.
The blend of grapes is 50 percent nero d’avola, and 50 percent frappato. I know, you’ve never heard of these grapes. Well, suffice to say this blend offers aromas of sweet dark cherry and berry, along with some savory, smoky, and earthy notes. The wine is big, but not at all thick or ponderous on the palate. The fruit presence here is huge, with moderate tannins and a lovely mouthfeel, leading to a relatively long, crisp finish. Frankly, it’s just plain delicious. This wine pairs well with any tomato-based sauce, but is also lively enough to drink with lighter dishes, including salads. My favorite pairing is pasta with capers and kalamata olives, tossed with extra virgin olive oil. At winex.com for $19.