Valle dell’Acate, Cerasuolo di Vittoria

I just have to share this lovely little wine from Sicilia: Valle dell’Acate’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria.  I saw it on the shelf at many a Seattle shop and restaurant wine list.  I suppose when you live in the Northwest, you might need a sunny little island wine like this to perk up those endless days of gray weather.  This wine is just the remedy.

Valle dell’Acate’s Cersuolo di Vittoria is composed of 70% Nero d’Avola, and 30% Frappato.  The wine is juicy, bright and full of ripe strawberry flavors.  There is also a nice, subtle layer of soft tannins on the finish- a quiet memory of the volcanic soils of the island- and a whiff of salty seabreeze.   This is the wine to cure the winter blues, and the perfect reminder that spring is just around the corner.