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The Weekly Pour #2

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Contesa dei Venti 2020 Vittoria Doc Nero D’Avola Sicilia

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Last October in Sicily, on our visit to Donnafugata, we had the good fortune to have Tommaso Bellisola, the Senior Hospitality Manager at the Vittoria tasting room, lead our tasting. His depth of knowledge and his passion for Donnafugata wines was a perfect match for our needs.

Contesa dei Venti 2020 Vittoria Doc Nero D’Avola Sicilia is a beautiful, feminine* wine. It is made from 100% Nero d’Avola grown on the Vittoria estate. Typically, this grape variety grown in this region is exclusively used for the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wines, a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato. But Donnafugata makes the classic Cerasuolo and the Contesa. Contesa is a soft, elegant wine. But do not expect the big and bold sip of other Nero d’Avola. This wine is out-of-the-bottle, approachable, yet packed with layers of red fruits and floral notes of lavender. Do not expect simple. This wine will lead you down a path of unexpected joy.

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Five locations to taste Donnafugata.

Sadly, you have to go to Sicily to buy it. It is a small-production wine only available in the Donnafugata tasting rooms. Fortunately, there are five different tasting rooms across the island. Then again, when we were there last October, this wine was close to selling out. Sorry, not sorry, for making your mouth water for this wine.

Many but not all of Donnafugata wines are imported into the US. Check your local wine store about availability if you want to try any of their wines. Or a better idea… go to Sicily. It is a fantastic place.

Side Note:

* I used the term “feminine” because that is a term that Donnafugata uses extensively when talking about their wines and winemaking philosophy. They embrace it, so I will do the same.

The Weekly Pour – Majoring In Wine

January 4 2023

Last spring, Gary and I met Chris Cook on the WWET Paso Robles excursion. We became instant friends. She is the co-founder of Majoring in Wine.

Last month, I was interviewed for the blog on the Majoring In Wine website. Majoring in wine is an online resource that provides tools and guidance for students interested in a career in the wine industry. Here is a link to the Majoring in Wine website.

And here is a link to the blog post about Strong Coffee to Red Wine. This is a fun read about our journey to get where we are today.



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