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Sip Red This Summer

Sip Red This Summer
May 2014
Jason Parrish, general manager of Wild Olive and wine director at new Sullivan’s Island eatery The Obstinate Daughter, shares light Italian reds that—surprise!—suit summertime perfectly

Under $15
Cirò Librandi, Calabria, Republic National Distributing Company, 2010

“This wine, made from the ancient grape gaglioppo in Calabria, was drunk by Greek Olympians and features aromatics of fig, spice, and plum. It is light but dusty and earthy and is absolutely fantastic with tomato-based pastas and pizza.” Available at The Wine Shop of Charleston, $12

Under $20
Il Frappato Valle dell’Acate, Sicily, Haw River Wine Man, 2012

“Frappato is all about delicate aromatics. Rose petals, strawberries, and nutmeg explode from the glass. Cru Beaujolais fans will love the fresh, light, and easy-drinking nature of this wine—delicious on its own or with lighter cuisine.” Available at Crushed Fine Wine, $16

Under $50
Nerello Mascalese Passopisciaro, Sicily, The Country Vintner, 2011

“The grapes for this wine are grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, and the Passopisciaro picks up characteristics from lava flows. While light in body, it evokes smoky mushrooms and minty cranberries with juicy acidity. I’d put this wine up against any French Burgundy at twice the price and pair it with anything on the grill.” Available at Bull Street Gourmet & Market, $40