what is your island wine?

It’s a great question and one that I am often asked: If I was stranded on an island, what wine would I be drinking? Well, first I would want it to be a deserted island, the kind that Tom Hanks was stranded on in “Castaway”, with tall green palm trees, coconuts, soft sandy golden beaches, blue lagoons and warm water!  As for the wine, well that is easy. It would be island-made wine for an island-bound girl!

 Sella & Mosca Cannonau Di Sardegna Riserva 2008Sella & Mosca Cannonau Di Sardegna Riserva 2008 is a bit of a mouthful to say but it’s a beautiful wine to drink. Sella & Mosca is situated on the small island of Sardinia that lies off the West Coast of Italy. The wine is produced from the Grenache grape, which is known in Italy as Cannonau. The Cannonau grape thrives in this part of the world, battling to produce fruit on the warm sandy soils on the coast as well as the rocky terrain of the island’s interior. The vine’s thick skinned fruit produces a wine that is full-bodied and rich with dark red currant fruit. Wild red cherries, cinnamon, leathery tannins and savory herbs give great complexity. This is a wine that drinks wonderfully and will delight lovers of the Grenache grape. I hope you’ll join me in discovering this new wine.

Now where did I put my bags, book and that one-way plane ticket?



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 Vine & Table #301