Cards of Wine

Nero d'Avola (Italy)

Nero d'Avola (Black of Avola) is the most important red grape in Sicily.

Typical Flavors


Black Currant
Black
Currant
Plum
Blackberry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Black Plum
Black
Plum

Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit
Raisins
Raisins
Fig
Fig
Volcanic
Volcanic

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Tobacco
Tobacco
Chili
Chili
Licorice
Licorice

Black Currant. Blackberry. Black Cherry. Black Plum.
Orange Zest. Dried Fruit. Raisin. Fig. Carob.
Oak. Tobacco. Chili Pepper. Licorice.
Some taste a smooky, dusty flavor from Etna volcano dust.

Profile

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
16-17°C (61-63°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Soup
Oxtail Soup
Ham
Ham
Hamburger
Bacon Burger

Chicken
Chicken
Turkey
Turkey
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit

Pork
Pork
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Veal
Veal
Deer
Deer

Nero d'Avola pairs well Rich Meat, Sicilian and Mediterranean Cuisine.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Antipasti. Cold Cut. Salami.
Hamburger. Bacon Burger.
Ossobuco (Veal Shanks).
Rich Meat. Stews. Oxtail Soup.
Venison Stew. Wild Boar Stew.
Roasted or Grilled BBQ.
Chicken. Duck. Pork. Rabbit.

Cheese:
Ragusano. Pecorino. Comté. Fourme d'Ambert. Appenzeller.

Sicilian Specialities:
Caponata (Cooked Vegetable Salad).
Mozzarella Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls).
Pistachio-Crusted Veal Chops.
Farsumagru (Veal-Roll with Bacon, Cheese, and Eggs).

If You Like Nero d'Avola

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About

Nero d'Avola is a full bodied red wine with the same boldness as Syrah (Shiraz) and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It is named after the city of Avola, but produced in many districts of Sicilia.

Younger wines show raspberry and juicy, red-fruit flavors, while more complex examples offer plum, dark fruit and chocolate flavors.

When blended, the higher percentage of Nero d’Avola, the stronger and richer the wine will be.

Nero d'Avola is also considered one of the top Rosé.

Sicilia (Sicily)

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The capital is Palermo.

It is known for old ruins, sandy beaches, seafood, and the Marsala dessert wine.

Sicily is also well respected for the dry wines of Etna and Vittoria.

Sicilia

Primary Grapes:

Catarratto (35%)
Nero d’Avola (15%)