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June 29, 2006

Spadina 2003 Nero d'Avola Una Rosa


So I got a DEAL on this wine, a red from Sicily that cost me just $6.99 at Cost Plus World Market. For the record, I love Cost Plus. It reminds me of the ye olde Christmas Tree Shop back east, but it's just SO MUCH BETTER.

For one, it doesn't have that usual stink you find in department stores. I have this crazy sense of smell and usually become highly allergic in places like Target or Macy's. The only two stores that haven't make me sneezy and itchy of late have been Trader Joe's (my heroes. I am obsessed) and Cost Plus. I mean, where else can you buy the CUTEST plastic glasses adorned with frogs and sheep for your toddler, fine, cheap Sicilian wine and, get this, a super cool canopy bed. Yes, after nearly six years of marriage I finally bought a bed.

But enough about me and beds and back to the wine. This Spadina was pretty lovely. It usually costs about $16. I brought it to a friend's going away on sabbatical to Europe for a month (paint my face back to its normal color from green, please) and it was a hit with a few guests. I didn't drink much of it as I was chasing the kid around, but what I did manage to slurp with my lovely eggplant parm was certainly agreeable; some big, dark fruit with a spicy finish.

I bought this Nero d'Avola at my traveling friend Marlo's request, but I turned out to be not quite on the mark. Marlo LOVES full-bodied Italian wines made from the nebbiola grape (Barbaresco, Barolo) from the Piedmont area of Italy and asked us to bring some. These wines are often super pricey and I couldn't find any at the Cost Plus, so I settled for the Sicilian Spadina. Stefanie, however, scored big at the tasting with a 2003 Marco Porello Nebbiola D'alba that cost under $20. This big red wine received three cheers.

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at June 29, 2006 11:35 AM
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