Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero d'Avola - 89 pts. - 13.5 ABV
Red Wine of the Month
Sicilia is the largest island in the Mediterranean. They have wet winters and hot dry summers. Their soil is very volcanic due to Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, making the soil very fertile. Not only are grapes loving this environment but a large variety of other crops do as well, including lemons, oranges, and olives.
Nero d’ Avola is the most prominent red grape grown. It means the black grape of Avola.
The wine is a ruby red with aromas of dark fruit and spice. One the palate I fined it “juicy” and very ripe. I swear you can taste the sunshine coming right through the wine. It’s soft and velvety with a moderate tannin. Don’t let the IGT label discourage you, this is a lovely wine. It is so very fresh, and an added bonus of being made with organically farmed fruit. A bold wine like this, I would pair with a fabulous bacon burger. Perfect, it’s too hot to cook inside, to the grill I go!
Fiano di Avellino Feudi di San Gregorio 2016 - DOCG $24
White Wine of the Month
Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in Sorbo Serpico, a tiny village in Campania’s Irpina region, near Mount Vesuvius. This highly acclaimed winery encourages us to rediscover the Mediterranean flavors with their native grapes. This wine is 100% Fiano and has 13.00% alcohol. It is fermented in stainless steel between 61-64 f and then aged 3 months in stainless steel on the lees with an additional month in the bottle prior to release.
This wine is a golden yellow with brilliant green reflections. It has strong aromas reminiscent of the Mediterranean with fresh flowers, yellow peach and candied orange. On the palate it posses a softness and a freshness unique with the level of minerality, stone fruit and a floral note.
I love this wine with a Capri Island salad, fresh tomatoe, Mazzarella cheese, basil and a bit of olive oil. The acidity of the wine, cuts right through the fat and is fabulous!
Cocktail of the Month: Rag Doll
Summer is drawing to a close, but there are plenty of hot days and warm nights to enjoy. Watermelon pucker is both refreshing and tart. Rag doll is a great way to enjoy this flavor as it bounces of the Cherry 7-Up and the vodka kicks up the bite. It's a great way to enjoy the end of summer.
1/5 oz Vodka
2 oz Watermelon Pucker
2 oz Cherry 7-Up
Mix Vodka and Watermelon Pucker then pour into a chilled glass with ice. Add Cherry 7-Up and garnish with a cherry. Mix and enjoy!
Lemonade is the unofficial drink of summer, but we can all grow tired of the same old drink. Before summer comes to a close, let's try something new: Watermelon Lemonade! You're basically going to make an Arnold Palmer, but instead of ice tea, you'll add watermelon juice. For an extra special drink, use frozen watermelon balls instead of ice to keep your drink cool. This will prevent your lemonade from becoming watered down and you'll have a snack when your drink is done.
Watermelon (to be balled and frozen - optional)
In a glass of your choosing, combine equal parts lemonade and watermelon juice. Add frozen watermelon balls or ice. Ready to serve!