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Weekend Wine

By Wes Marshall, March 31, 2018, 7:48am, On the Range

Spring is here, and with warm weather on its way, wouldn’t it be nice to try something in the way of a white wine that isn’t Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc?

Well, those wonderful Sicilians have an answer for you. The wine is called Stemmari Dalila ($16) and it starts with Grillo, a lovely Sicilian varietal that loves the island’s heat. As a matter of fact, someone in Texas should be growing this right now. The grape can tend to high acidity, so it is often blended with another grape to give it some oomph. Stemmari chose Viognier, which, coincidentally is Texas’s best white grape. See, Texas winemakers? Here’s a great chance for you to enter the world stage!

In the meantime, a quaff of the wine will tell you this is special stuff. Along with the redolent aromas of tropical fruits, you also get a cleansing hit of citrusy acidity. It is rich enough for most seafood dishes, excepting the big game hunters of the wild oceans like swordfish, tuna, or shark. Try it with flounder, redfish, scallops, or shrimp, and you’ll have a lovely dinner.

If you want to have a red wine instead, Stemmari’s Nero d’Avola ($18) is a delicious cascade of dark berry fruit aromas and salty sea air, an ideal mate for non-sauced barbecue.

A final plug for the company: Stemmari recently invested $150 million to make its vineyards and winery as sustainable as possible along with adding energy-saving practices at every level of the business. Our Earth thanks you.

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