Frappato From Sicily: A Great Dinner Red Wine

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by

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il frappatoConfession: I mostly drink white wine when I’m relaxing after work. Red wine is pretty much confined to when I go out to dinner. But that might be changing because every glass made from Frappato, a red grape native to Sicily, makes me crave more, often. You might recall Frappato as a grape that’s part of Cerasuolo di Vittoria. It’s another fantastic Sicilian red made beefier with the addition of Nero d’Avola.

Frappato solo, as a contract to the brawny Nero d’Avola, becomes an extremely food-friendly, lighter-style red wine. I like it to have a slight chill when it hits the dinner table. The Frappato I recently had at Seattle’s Single Shot (my favorite new neighborhood restaurant) was from Valle Dell’Acate, an excellent producer. (Specifically, their 2012 “Il Frappato”.)

If you’re a fan of Pinot Noir or Gamay, Frappato is a grape that needs to get into your red wine rotation.

Images courtesy the winery.

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12 Responses

  1. Linda Omura says:

    Love to try different wines. I’ve never had a Frappato. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Elena says:

    This time of year I’m always looking for a nice red wine to enjoy at home. I’ll have to seek this out!

  3. I am totally the same way! I love a good red wine, but find I am very picky, and they are usually kind of expensive. I’ll so try this!

  4. I’ve never had a Frappato! Must add that to my list. I have my link up fixed at my blog, if you’d like to link this up. It’s pretty quiet around there now, since it’s brand new, but I expect it to be wildly popular any day now 🙂 It will be up every Tuesday (my excuse to make and drink a new cocktail every week).

  5. I’ve never tried a frappato. I just adore learning about local specialties in regions of Italy. The residents are always so proud of what is unique to their region. It’s so endearing.

  6. hello Jameson
    thank you for this tasting . I’m so proud to produce this lovely wine, that i hope makes people happy.
    it is so old but so modern , try with fish a little bit chill …

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