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.
    Linda @foodhuntress.com

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  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!

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  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!

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  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).

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  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.

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  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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