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A Tasty Red from Sicily is Perfect for Summer Barbeque

Dwight Casimere | 4/27/2016, 3:12 p.m.
I know that summer is the time to think about refreshing beverages, if wine is on the menu at your ...

I know that summer is the time to think about refreshing beverages, if wine is on the menu at your next summer outings. Rose`, semi-dry sparkling wines and lighter-than-air Pinto Gris always made the choice, but my preferred activity is heading to the grill with some spicy, marinated meats and a red hot red wine on the side. If you're not familiar with the wines of Sicily, now is a good time to start. Feudo Zirtari Rosso is an I.G.T. blend of native Nero d'Avola and Syrah that delivers a wallop of luscious fresh red fruit flavor with a hint of delicate spice and a delicate aroma of fresh cut violets for starters---and all for just $12. Deep ruby red in color, the look alone gives you an idea of what’s in store; lots of delicious fruit and a nice structure backboned by the limestone mineral-rich soil afforded by Sicily's volcanic mountains. Lamb or chicken marinated in spices, even a meaty white fish like grouper or Chilean Sea Bass, cooked over hot coals with a hint of wood, makes for a perfect afternoon of al fresco dining. Add a mix of veggies sliced and drizzled with garlic-infused olive oil and a dash of coarse sea salt and you have the perfect lunch, Sicilian style. Start out with an appetizer of grilled peel and eat shrimp or, for the adventurous, grilled rabbit smothered in fresh oregano, and you'll be eating just like the folks I met in Terreliade.