It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Ariana Occhipinti. She's a real dynamo in the wine world, a spokesperson for the natural wine movement, and her principles happen to fall right in line with my own. So when she started the TAMI project with a couple friends from neighboring districts, I was instantly on board. This is simple, everyday Sicilian wine priced as such, made naturally with organic fruit and minimal sulfite treatment. That means a modicum of manipulation in the vineyard, in the cellar, and in the bottle. All that to say this is great juice delivered to you with the least amount of processing possible. Just simple, solid wine, versatile at the table and absolutely delicious in the glass.
TAMI' Contrada, Sicily, Italy
Nero D'Avola 2011 Nero D'Avola is usually made in a dark and rustic style, but this offering is a little lighter and brighter than most. Big smooth tannins from the skins lend just enough weight to make this a perfect pair for grilled tuna steaks or stewy eggplant dishes. Limited availability: less than two cases in stock.
Frappato 2011 Some combination of the maturing vines and the ripeness of the fruit led this vintage to wear a little more flesh than former iterations. It's sturdier than years past, but still with its patent acidity. Excellent with salty cured meats and firm cheeses.