Petraio Nero d’Avola 2019: Sicily, Italy

Grapes: Nero

Region/History Notes: You might expect all the wines coming from the Mediterranean island of Sicily to be similar in style, but there are two distinct styles of wines from here due to Mount Etna creating some of the coolest climate vineyards in all of Europe. These vineyards, however, are located in the lower-lying areas in Sicily where Nero d’Avola (pronounced NER-o dee-AH-vo-lah) is the widest grown variety.

Tasting Notes: Bright cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry on the nose and palate, but the fruits are layered with a smokier note with hints of herbs and a woodsy quality that makes it quite delicious in a slightly off-kilter, interesting way. Pair with pastas, pizza, or a plate of cheese.