2017 JUL – Puglia Region

Winery of the Month

For July we are going to travel to Puglia, the heel of the boot. Puglia may not get the recognition of some of the areas to the north, but it makes some of the best quality to value wines in the world.  The best-known grape is probably Primitivo with the best examples coming from Manduria. There is a lot lore surrounding Primitivo. One of the greatest stories says that it was the wine served at the last supper. The most well-known region being Salice Salentino, which is mainly Negroamaro with up to 20% Malvasia Nero. Negroamaro was around before the romans, so the area has a long history of wine making.

Tenute Girolamo

Tenute Girolamo was started at the turn of the century. They now have 50 hectares of vineyards in the Itria Valley that are planted to a variety of varietals indigenous to Puglia as well as some international varietals. The winery combines modern techniques with classic approaches to make wines that show the potential of the region.

La Voliera Fiano

Fiano is a great wine. Medium bodied with medium acidity and a nose of white flowers and orange citrus. Flavors of peaches and apricots come through with a slight mineral note. Try it with your next summer salad or grilled fish.
Regularly $14.99   Sale $11.99

La Voliera Rose

The rose is made from 100% Negroamaro. The wine has the expected floral and red berry flavors but also a slight bitter almond streak that is typical to Negroamaro. It is a bit heavier than your typical rose and because of this can handle some heavier foods, try it with a grilled Italian sausage, we sell those as well.
Regularly $14.99   Sale $11.99

Salice Salentino

If you have never tried one hear is your chance. A medium body supports an immense amount of red cherry and currant flavors. You will also notice some herbal and pepper spice as well as that slight bitter almond note.
Regularly $14.99   Sale $11.99

Conte Giangirolamo

This is the flagship of the winery. It is a blend of equal amounts of Primitivo and Negroamaro.  The wine is fermented in oak and then ages for 2 years French Oak. This is a big wine made in an International style. The tannins are present but soft and lend some backbone to the copious amount of black fruit flavors. There are also some flavors of vanilla and chocolate from the extended oak aging. If you are going to grill a bone in ribeye, this is your wine. Very limited, like 2 cases limited.
Regularly $34.99   Sale $26.99

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