Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wine of the Week - FIlippo Grasso 'Ripiddu' Etna Rosato

This week's featured wine comes from one of our newest producers - Filippo Grasso from Sicily. They are a small family owned winery on the north side of Mount Etna in Sicily. The current generation is the 4th generation of winemakers and they have been bottling their own wine since 2006. The 'Ripiddu' Etna Rosato is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese and shows a deeper pink color, floral flavor, and is pleasantly dry, harmonious, very versatile. Serve cold to accompany aperitifs or fish dishes. This wine also goes well with cheeses and charcuterie.

Filippo Grasso is located on the Contrada Caladera, and have six hectares planted to indigenous Etna grapes, such as Carricante, Catarratto, Minella, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Mantelato (aka Cappuccio). In addition to the vineyards, they grow and produce olive oil from 100 century-old, olive trees on the property and also have a variety of fruit and nut trees, indigenous herbs and wild vegetables, all of which promote biodiversity, creating a healthy and balanced ecosystem for the vines.

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