Why Sagrantino is also good for Summer

By / Wine + Drinks / July 2nd, 2014 / Like

When I first tried wines made from the Sagrantino grape I thought to myself, “This is not a wine for the summer”.

So why on God’s green earth have I decided to write today’s column about Sagrantino?

Well first off I just returned from Montefalco, home of the Sagrantino grape, and tried this wine with an array of grilled meats, pastas and cheeses – and let me tell you, this is a wine that pairs perfectly with food, and especially the kind that come off the BBQ this time of year.

So don’t be fooled by the rough tannins because that acidity helps pair these wines perfectly with anything grilled (but also surprisingly with rich pasta and cheese).

… and look for an article about Sagrantino wine coming this October to the pages of Quench.

Col Santo 2008 Sagrantino ($42.75)

Round soft, juicy with lots of spiced-cherry and cocoa notes; there’s also plenty of acidity.

Antonelli 2007 Sagrantino ($49.00)

Aromas of cassis, blackberry and spice; with flavours rich in black fruit, spice and blueberry skin – robust tannins give it a drying mouth-feel.

Scacciadiavoli 2007 Sagrantino ($36.95)

Plum with black and blue berry fruit, chocolate and cherry round out the nose and follow through on the palate adding Christmas cake spice and chalky mineral, heavy on the tannins.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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