Wine of the Month:
Producer: Arianna Occhipinti
Varietal: Frappato, Nero d’Avola
Arianna got her start when she was only just 24 years old, grabbing the attention of importers at a local Italian wine festival. Six years later she is now known as one of the most innovative winemakers in all of Italy.
SP68 is the name of the highway that runs past the vineyard. Grass grows free between each row, and Arianna plants fava beans in every otherrow for the SP-68 vineyards. The idea is to create biodiversity and stimulate the soil in one row while the alternate gets "a year off". She also uses paper tape, as opposed to plastic, to tie vines; avoiding plastic falling off and polluting the soil.
Dark berry notes of blueberry and cassis, with a finish of leather, mineral, acid, and red fruit.
This wine can accompany a range of foods from wild game to a simple cheese plate.