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Wine of the Week: Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013 - $19.99

Dwight Casimere | 7/6/2016, 4:49 p.m.
The barbecue grills will be blazing all summer and yard and patio parties will be the order of the day ...

The barbecue grills will be blazing all summer and yard and patio parties will be the order of the day over these next few carefree weeks of summer. A versatile, yet robust wine from southern Italy is the part companion to just about everything you'll cook this season; Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2013 ($19.99). Primitivo is native to southern Italy and benefits from the intense sun and mineral-rich volcanic soil of the region. The 2013 vintage has a distinctive bright ruby red color that is a giveaway to the kinds of intense fruit flavors that are inside the bottle ripe red plums, blackberries and raspberries infused with spicy nutmeg, cardamom and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. It’s almost an entire meal in a glass! Yet, the wine is elegant enough to pair well with all kinds of dishes, both heavy and light. Its great with ribs or burgers, but it also pairs well with traditional Italian dishes like Ravioli all' Amatrciana, a traditional Roman dish from the town of Amatrice in the Lazio region, made with tomato, pecorino cheese and shaved pork cheeks call guanciale or ham. The version I had was covered with a light onion and butter sauce, which gave it a summery taste. You can also serve it with pastas made with a light tomato sauce and seasonal vegetables, call primavera. Bouno apetito!