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A Wine to Try: 2011 Tami Frappato Sicilia Rosso

A WINE TO TRY

2011 Tami Frappato Sicilia Rosso

Sicily, Italy

About $15

Fresh and fruity

Goes with: Salumi, antipasti, pizza, pasta, grilled meats — even fish

This fresh, fruity red is from rising star Arianna Occhipinti, who released her first wine in 2004, when she was 21. In Sicily, Frappato is usually used to lighten inky Nero d’Avola, but Occhipinti makes a pure Frappato with the freshness and liveliness of a good Beaujolais under her secondary Tami label. I love its spunky notes of black cherry and other dark berries accented with lavender and spices. She’s committed to natural winemaking and farms her vineyards in eastern Sicily biodynamically.

Serve the wine slightly chilled. It’s a great bottle to have on hand when friends drop by unexpectedly.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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