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I hope you are enjoying this little weather respite. I can’t get away to somewhere warm right now so I am going to spend some warm quality time in my kitchen, make up some fun Italian dishes, and drink some beautiful wines from Southern Italy. A wine revolution has taken place in Italy’s Southern regions over the last 30 years with forward looking producers abandoning bulk wine production in favor of high quality fine wines from indigenous varietals. Puglia, Campania, and Sicily now offer great wines at fantastic prices. These are wines of distinction as in the Falanghina we offer this week that is grown in vineyards in close proximity to Mount Vesuvius. The Mastroberardino family are leaders in the quality movement and their wines are among Italy’s best. Augusto Cantele was a modern pioneer in Pugliese viticulture and winemaking. Today his children carry on his vision in the city of Lecce working with grapes like Negroamaro and Primitivo.

It is my pleasure to recommend these wines because, for me, they represent regional authenticity and also great value for the dollar. Being a wine aficionado doesn’t mean breaking the bank every week. Enjoy these often and have some fun!

-Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Terredora di Paolo Falanghina Irpinia 2013
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Rich and intense aromas of tree fruits with hints of apple, pineapple, quince and a floral finish. Versatile wine for food pairing; ideal with appetizers, soups, fish dishes, cold dishes, and fresh cheeses.

 


 

Cantele Salice Salentino 2012
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The wine is 100% Negroamaro and has notes of candied fruits and spices that transition to earthy underbrush, tea and dried berries. It has a great balance between acid and tannins. Pair this one with roast veal, lamb, game, ripe cheeses, and pizza.

 


Cantele Primitivo 2012
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Violet to deep red in color with intense nose and spicy aromas with notes of sour cherry and prune full-bodied with a velvety feel and gentle tannins. Ideal with game, roasted or braised meat and hard, aged cheeses.

 


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