In the next few months many of us will be focusing on lighter, crisper wines such as Sauvignon Blancs, Vinho Verdes and dry Roses to name a few. That doesn’t mean, however, reds won’t come into play, especially where grilled meats are concerned.  

From Salento in southern Italy comes this wine which is reminiscent of a Rhone style red.  It is medium bodied with a deep ruby color. This Negroamaro is round and ripe with smooth tannins.  There are aromas of black plum, mocha, vanilla and earth.  On the palate there is black currant and more plum and fig flavor along with blackberry and coffee. There is a pleasing hint of black pepper in the finish.

The Menhir Negroamaro is a wine most enjoyed with food.  In Italy, game roasts like venison or wild boar are very popular pairings. Over here the same could apply but one could also enjoy it more easily with pork or lamb.  Another simple way to enjoy this wine is with assorted sweet peppers, roasted with onions, garlic, and torn basil leaves on a loaf of bruschetta brushed with olive oil. For the grill, try pairing this wine with Italian sausage in a hoagie roll loaded with peppers and onions. Absolutely delicious!