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Sicily Is Special

The huge Mediterranean Island of Sicily could be considered its own continent, or country for that matter. The diverse geography ranges from mountains to sandy beaches with huge expanses of vineyards, farmed fields and woodlands in between. Since antiquity, it’s been at the crossroads of civilization. It was the bread basket of ancient Greece. As well, the Greeks brought viticulture to the island over 3,000 years ago. Whether it’s the historic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento or Mount Aetna that erupts regularly, and everything in between, it’s a kaleidoscope of culture, places and landscapes. And let’s not forget the sun and moderate climate for which the term “Mediterranean” is known the world over. Nero D’Avola is the best known and most widely planted red varietal and is indigenous to the island. It yields wines of deep colour and flavour, with moderate structure, juicy acidity and soft-to-medium tannins. Flavors of dark, brambly fruit and spice are common. It ticks off all the boxes for what consumers are looking for in a red wine that overdelivers for the price. Our Nero D’Avolo, from the well-known Sicilian-based Cusumano winery, and readily available at your favourite LCBO outlet, is youthful and meant to be drunk upon purchase. Sicily is a wine and food lover’s paradise so feel free to choose any traditional Italian meat dish such as lasagna, meatballs, pizza, red meat or lamb tagine with which to savour this delicious wine.

Cusumano Nero D’Avola Sicilia  #143164, $13.95