Imagine my happiness when I opened the door of my house and came across an edition of Menu magazine: WINE SPECIAL! Parallel to this, watching the program Studio i of the channel Globo News, the poll of the day was: WHAT IS YOUR WINE CONSUMPTION? About 50% answered “at least once a week”! Wowwww !!!! This makes it very clear to me that wine is taking more and more space in Brazilian houses! Can I be happier than that? Of course… their prices could go down, right? lol
In the middle of the program, the reporter asked another woman what her favorite grape was and she replied: is it wine? I like! LOVE! Nice answer, huh? But yesterday I received some friends at home to taste a young Bordeaux, light, very fruity, and of course, I would write about it! Perfect, I had even warned the editors here on the website that it was all right to send my articles of the month, when in the middle of dinner I asked the question of “favorite grape” and everyone said: cabernet sauvignon! Guys, amooooo this grape, but as far as we like it more, or we are simply more used to drinking this grape, after all it is one of the most common on supermarket shelves… So I left my Bordeaux article for next month, and I decided to speak of a grape that I fell in love with and I think everyone should taste it at least once: Primitivo di Manduria. I will try to be brief … Difficult, but I will try! Lol
It is of Croatian origin and is widely consumed in the United States, where it is called Zinfandel, but it is considered a grape “from Italy”, more specifically in the region of Puglia (in Portuguese, Apúlia), which is located there in the “heel of the boot” on the Italian map! This grape originates very interesting ruby colored wines, aromas that resemble black fruits, maraschino cherries, and what I feel most, an earthy background … I have tasted some that reminded me of coffee and chocolate too … They tend to be silky wines, easy on the palate, and with all these characteristics, I don’t even need to say that it is very easy to drink … lol
photos: Rascal Blog / Zoom.net
The pairing is very good with spicy dishes, pasta with spicy sauces, kid with wine, and the last one I had was with a gnocchi with ossobuco ragu, which was just fantastic!
Here are some labels found in Brazil and their average prices (quite varied):
- Masseria Trajone: R $ 62.00;
- Ghenos Primitivo di Manduria: R $ 71.00 (best cost benefit according to the magazine Menu of July / 2014);
- Visellio Primitivo Salento: R $ 224.00;
- Count of Monforte: R $ 77.00;
- Luccarelli Primitivo: R $ 37.00;
- Feudi di San Marzano: R $ 64.00.
Godetevi l’esperienza! Salute!
(Enjoy the experience! Cheers!)