Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wine of the Week-Feudo Zirtari Rosso Sicilia IGT 2013-$12

A Red Hot Red From Sicily is perfect for summer Barbe

A Red Hot Red From Sicily is perfect for summer Barbeque

by Dwight Casimere

I know that summer is the time to think about refreshing Rose's, semi-dry sparkling wines and lighter-than-air Pinto Gris, but my preferred activity is heading to the grill with some spicy, marinated meats and a red hot red wine on the side. If youyre not familiar with the wines of Sicily, now is a good time to start. Feudo Zirtari Rosso is an I.G.T. blend of native Nero d'Avola and Syrah that delivers a wallop of luscious fresh red fruit flavor with a hint of delicate spice and a delicate aroma of fresh cut violets for starters---and all for just $12. Deep ruby red in color, the look alone gives you an idea of whats in store; lots of delicious fruit and a nice structure backboned by the limestone mineral-rich soil afforded by Sicily's volcanic mountains. Lamb or chicken marinated in Tagine spices, even a meaty white fish like grouper or Chilean Sea Bass, cooked over hot coals with a hint of wood,  makes for a perfect afternoon of al fresco dining. Add a mix of veggies sliced and drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil and a dash of coarse sea salt and you have the perfect lunch, Sicilian style. Start out of with an appetizer of grilled peel and eat shrimp or, for the adventurous, grilled rabbit smothered in fresh oregano, and you'll be eating just like the folks I met in Terreliade.
 The lush vineyards of Sicily with spring wildflowers and volcanic mountains as a backdrop
Ancient ruins left by the Moors dot the landscape and the vineyards

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