|SOUTHERN ITALIAN WINES ARE HOT
By Giacomo Peroni
Southern Italian wines are experiencing a recent
revitilization. Not only does the south produce most of Italy's
wine, it now produces some of the highest quality and most interesting
wines in the world -- there is no better demonstration of the synergy
of food and wine, than in Italy.
Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot, is a long,
relatively level region, ranks first in annual Italian wine production
and features excellent dry, balanced reds from native varietals
like the Nero di Troia. One such red wine is the "Il Falcone"
from Rivera. It is from Apulia's leading DOC zone and is an intense,
full-bodied red with a noble bouquet that is dry, robust and rich
The Rivera winery has used the name "Il Falcone",
the falcon, to commemorate Emperor Frederick II of Swabia who built
the castle called Castel del Monte near Andria so he could indulge
his passion for falconry. This castle later gave its name to the
surrounding D.O.C. zone. Il Falcone is obtained from old vines,
grown in calcareous soils and in particular positions. Old clones
of the Nero di Troia and Montepulciano varieties are grown on these
vines that form small unique vineyards.
This explains why the production of "Il
Falcone" is limited to few numbered bottles and only produced
in those years which provide the characteristics necessary for a
wine to age for a long time.
The ancient and largest Mediterranean island
of Sicily now boasts one of Italy's most modern wine industries.
Noted chiefly in the past for strong and often sweet amber Marsala,
Sicily has rapidly switched its emphasis toward lighter, dryer white
and red wines. Temperatures tend to run towards hot and arid resulting
in ideal conditions for grape cultivation...a process Corvo has
refined in the production of Corvo Bianco and Rosso. Corvo Bianco
is made from Inzolia, Cataratto and Grecanico grapes and is a subtle
and delicately fruity wine with a fresh and lively taste. Created
by the Villafranca prince and Duke of Salaparuta in 1824, Corvo
has long been considered the standard bearer of Sicilian wine. Rising
to prominence in restaurants the world over, no name has been more
familiar to lovers of Italian tradition than Corvo.
Castel del Monte - Riserva
Intense garnet red colour; a heady full
bodied aroma; rich, noble bouquet; dry, robust, rich flavour.
The full texture from the barriques and bottle aging make
this wine ideal with particularly well-seasoned foods, like
roasts, game, and meats with tasty sauces. Uncork the bottle
at least one hour before serving.