Taking a chance on a new wine – not to mention a new grape varietal – can be a risky move. It isn’t something you’d want to do, for instance, when hosting a dinner for your new boss. Under the right circumstances, though, it can be a very rewarding experience. This time around I grabbed a red blend from Italy with two varietals I didn’t know. The Epicuro Vendemmia Salice Salentino 2011 is made from 80% Negro Amaro and 20% Malvasia Negra. For me, the adventure of a new wine experience is a reward in itself made even better when the wine is decent.
Varietal: Red Blend
Appellation: Salice Salentino DOC, Italy
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: The color of this Italian vino was a dark garnet. The bouquet was a surpising group of aromas – major notes of turpentine and tar with…
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