February 2009

Nero d’Avola

My favorite bottle of red wine is labeled Nero d’Avola. The Sicilian name translates as Avola Black, referencing that in the past this was a much stronger and syrupy wine used to fortify weaker reds. New techniques of viticulture and harvesting have dramatically improved the wine, which is now similar to Syrah. I was introduced to Nero d’Avola visiting my daughter Amber when she lived in Sicily for a three-year research project interviewing Italian fishermen.