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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine, beer, and spirits the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine, beer and spirits tips with each episode. This week I discuss: the wines of Sicily.
2013 Stemmari "Cantodoro" Rosso Reserva, Sicily $16
On a recent trip to Sicily, Stemmari was one of my most memorable visits. The winemaker, Lucio Matricardi, is passionate about his wines, which are made at their beautiful Feudo Arancio property. What's impressive about this blend of primarily Nero d'Avola with Cabernet Sauvignon is that it acts (and tastes) like an expensive wine, but in reality ranks among my top-value picks. Notes of dark, saturated fruit and savory earthiness swirl together in a funnel cloud of flavor. The texture is supple yet vibrant, which makes it an ideal pairing for the tangy Sicilian dish, Caponata, or fish simmered with tomatoes. Pick up a few bottles and see if you don't get transported to Sicily with a sip.