How awesome is it to step into a wine shop in Seattle and find one of the most obscure grapes in Italy, made by a world-class producer almost nobody in the US has ever heard of?  It’s very awesome.

I was thrilled to see this lovely bottling from Casale della Ioria, a single vineyard Cesanese del Piglio, DOCG from the Campo Novo vineyard.  All black pepper on the nose and palate, with a generous helping of snappy blackberry and spice- this is a beautiful gem of a wine, and almost impossible to find in the US.

Seattle’s Italian wine scene really makes me happy.