Staff Pick

Penisola Sorrentina "Gragnano", Monteleone - 2016

Item # 13968 750mL
$16.96/ Single Bottle
$203.52 $183.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A distinctive sparkling red wine made from the Piedirosso grape. Dry and bubbly on the palate, this shows dark berry fruit - cherries and red currants - and a slight tannic finish. Best enjoyed with a slight chill, this is a perfect match with pizza.


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Staff Pick Notes

This particular Gragnano is popular in a way. There are a lot of people who ask for it specifically or order it by the case, but beyond that core group, it's not very sought after or considered. I'm only a recent member of the club, but after trying, I'm as smitten as the rest. What a genuine, delicious little drink. It smells like spices and pie crust which in tandem with the fruit means it tastes very much like cherry pie. This is grape soda that calls for a nice glass and the company of tomato and cheesy carbohydrates.

- TT

Pairing Advice

Strange as it may seem, it's actually difficult to pair wine with pizza. Few things go well with both tomato sauce and cheese - but there are a few Italian grapes that can perform this feat (luckily for the Italians). Piedirosso, the red grape that goes into this red wine, is perfect with tomato sauce and the bubbles in this gently sparkling wine create a refreshing counterpoint to the cheese.

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Aglianico

Brought to Italy by the Greeks in the 6th century B.C., Aglianico enjoyed an early heyday in the ancient world as one of the key components of Falernum, a wine revered by kings and poets. After nearly being wiped out by Phylloxera in the 19th century, the grape is now experiencing a great revival in southern Italy. Inky-black in color, with big tannins and firm structure, the grape offers typical...

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