I have to admit, when it comes to my “wine related” comfort level, Italian wine has forever been my Achilles heel. I have always been slightly intimidated by the vast range of wine produced by this vino loving country. The sheer number of oddly named indigenous grapes being produced in the countless number of tiny (and often obscure) wine producing regions could boggle the mind! My advice, when it comes to wine, play to your weaknesses. Face the unknown and take a flier on a wine from a place that you might not be familiar with. This week’s wine is just that…a wine from region outside my comfort zone. Seriously, what is the worst that could happen? You might just discover a wine that surprises you.
The 2007 Cantina Di Venosa Terre Di Orazio a very food friendly red wine made 100% from the Aglianico grape. It has flavours of violets, cassis, black cherries and well integrated hints of oak, smoke and dark chocolate. The tannins are very smooth and help to bring the wine together. The Cantina Di Venosa Terre Di Orazio is drinking well right now, but will develop very nicely over the next 5 years.
This is 100% a pasta wine. I would recommend pairing the Cantina Di Venosa Terre Di Orazio with any tomato sauce based pasta. If you wanted to go meat, I would put it with grilled lamb chops or a roasted chicken. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a Pecorino.
This wine is a great discovery! At $17.95, this is not only a great value, but it has all the markings of being a solid everyday drinking wine. I strongly encourage you to seek out this wine and buy a bunch of bottles. Drink one tonight, drink a few through this fall and winter and “re-discover” the rest in a few years. Who said “discovery” doesn’t pay dividends…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below. If you’re not following me yet on Twitter, you can find me at http://twitter.com/AdamsWOTW.