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A Wine A Day – Vini Franchetti Passorosso 2014

Wow, really!

This Sicilian wine, grown on volcanic soil, is fuel for your dreams.

Hanging on old vines at a height between 1800 and 3200 ft on the iconic mount Etna, the grapes of Nerello Mascalese (indigenous variety) have given out a wine that is simply perfect.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels, this Passorosso, new to the Etna Rosso D.O.C with this 2014 vintage, is complex and approachable at the same time.

With soft spices and plenty of minerality which you would expect from a wine grown on volcanic soil, this bottle is packed with “just ripe” red fruit and hints of blood orange.

The tannins are perfectly integrated and the alcohol is just right, giving a full body with enough grip to withstand almost any dish you can imagine while at the same time being delicate.

A great wine to enjoy with food or by itself on a chilly evening!

A Wine A Day – Ramon Raventos Brut Cava Pendes

Summer is here and the heat is calling for a refreshing sparkling wine!

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This Cava (sparkling wine from Spain), will blow your mind!

Fresh and fruity and a crowd pleaser for an average price of $11, what you want more than that?

With an alcohol percentage of just 11.5%, this wine is perfect even when the heat strikes! With notes of pear, green apple and citrus fruit, it is fresh and perfect for a sunny afternoon, maybe mixed with orange juice for a perfect mimosa!

This wine is  a great pair with shelfish or some not too salty appetizer.

Thought Cava wines are not as well known worldwide as Champagne or  Prosecco, these sparkling wines are both tasty and a bargain most of the times. Trust me, it will not disappoint any Champagne or Prosecco drinkers and, more important your wallet!

Chill it well and enjoy it!

As usual, I want to remind that I am not payed to talk about any wine.


A wine a Day – Cala Cala Red Wine

This is a wonderful example of two great grape variety, the Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (two of the three main red grape variety of Sicily, Italy).

Italian wines are known to be a bit harsh sometimes and not very friendly to the palate of many people, especially those who are just getting into wine.

High acidity and strong tannins, together with a long finish, typical of Italian wines, however are prone to produce great wines that can age well and that are usually very reasonably priced (I am talking to you, French wines from Bordeaux…cough cough…).

This wine comes from vines that are an astonishing 100 years old on average and give a deep red color. The minerals of the lava soil where the vines are grown give a unique taste you will not find in any other region. Cala Cala (Sicilian dialect for a drink that goes down easily) is great by itself but, as for most Italian wines, you will need food to balance the tannins. The acidity and minerals of this wine call, however, for food that has some fat or acidity in it. My kingdom for a dish of fresh pasta with boar sauce accompanied by this wine!

On the nose, the wine is strong and lightly pungent. Hints of leather and coffee are there thanks probably to the light oxygenation given by the three-year wood barrel aging. Very ripe strawberries and cherries are there too. On the palate, it has a full body, filled with minerals and tannins, strong but never overwhelming. Again, strawberries, cherries and this time also black cherries, blueberries and dates.

The greatest thing about this wine, apart from tasting delicious, is that, being declassified from the Etna Rosso DOC, the price is great, $17.99 on average and it is a great way to start enjoying the wines from one of the most interesting wine regions in the world.

If you find it, grab a couple of bottles and, trust me, you will not regret it!


As usual, I am not paid to promote any of the wines I talk about.