A Cool Wine for a Chilly Evening
Thursday night, I was cold for the first time in months.
And this is a good thing!
It wasn’t the fake chill of too much air conditioning. It was the real chill of autumn, which officially began a little after 9pm ET!
It was the kind of chill tempered by a roaring fire pit (whee!), the chance to introduce two of my closest friends to each other, and a delicious wine to boot.
Constant Reader and high school bestie AM is up from South Carolina! She came for dinner, a little chicken Marsala. I wanted something not too heavy since it was a chicken dish, but the sauce wouldn’t really go well with whites. I hit upon 2019 Vigne Surrau Cannonau di Sardegna Naracu, which worked perfectly!
I’m pretty sure this is my first Sardinian wine! Cannonau is the most planted grape in Sardinia, and it’s the Italian name for grenache (French) or garnacha (Spain). It was too warm when I initially opened it, and I got a lot of foresty woody on the palate at first. Chilling the wine brought out more of the fruitiness, mostly ripe black cherries. It’s medium body and plenty of acidity, so should match nicely with a ton of foods, especially tomato-y pasta dishes.
Grab a bottle of this and chill out with friends. Enjoy!