After years of living in the shadow of its mainland’s enological success, Sicily has entered a period of renaissance. Indigenous grape varieties such as Grillo and Frappato, have made their way back to the main stage, and hopefully into your holiday spread. Christmas and NYE will certainly be more intimate than years past, but that shouldn’t affect the wines you choose to include. In fact, we encourage you to invite Siciliy into your homes this year, via wine bottles that is.
Irmàna by Corvo is a hand-harvested wine that showcases the careful sorting of bunches of perfectly healthy, ripe, and native grapes. Irmàna Grillo ($12.99) and Irmàna Frappato ($12.99) celebrate the bond between the grapes and the team that makes them. Their versatility is not only profound on the palate but in its interactions with food.
Irmàna Grillo contains the bright, crisp flavors of a Sauvignon Blanc, with the soft easy body of an unoaked Chardonnay, with tropical fruit notes and stone fruit flavors typical of Sicily. Grillo will pair beautifully with white meat, fish, and the range of wonderful, Thanksgiving gravies.
Irmàna Frappato has the fruit and light body similar to a young Pinot Noir. Notes of sweet berries with a touch of spice that is typical of Sicilian red varietals. Try it slightly chilled and pair with turkey or any of your favorite roasted vegetables.