Italian Indigenous Varieties: Negro Amaro from Puglia

I will be speaking at 5:00pm about Rosatos from Puglia together with my friend and colleague Silvia Baldini from Strawberry and Sage. We are doing an “Italian Aperitivo” Chat at 5:00pm on Zoom. There is still time to sign up at the Les Dames D’Escoffier New York Website, LDNY.org under upcoming events. Maybe I’ll see you later.

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Puglia or Apulia as we would say in English is a beautiful part of Italy. This long region is among the top wine producing regions in Italy. A large part of the wines are made with indigenous varieties such as Primitivo and Negro Amaro, two red grapes that many people know and have tasted in various iterations. They are by no means the only indigenous varieties from the region however today is Negro Amaro day in our series on Italian Indigenous Varieties.

I have been lucky enough to visit Puglia a number of times. Each time I visited the Salento. The photos above and below were taken in Lecce, a gorgeous city during the day and at night with its warm blond stones. I love Lecce and highly recommend visiting, even if your main focus is wine and food or a beach vacation – Lecce and Otranto, both in the…

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I first discovered Buttonwood Grove Winery in 2016 during the Society of Wine Educators conference. We traveled to the Finger Lakes the day before conference. At that time I tried their Vidal Blanc, a hybrid that I discovered I really enjoyed. This was a very beautiful winery and clearly a venue for parties and weddings.... Continue Reading →

Centesimino Nero from Emilia Romagna

I had never heard of this grape before Vinitaly in 2012. I just mentioned this grape variety in my daily Instagram talk about grape vines yesterday. Within Vinitaly there was a special section of “natural” wines called Vivit. Many of the producers in that section seemed to be from Tuscany, Trentino or more familiar regions but I did... Continue Reading →

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