Weekend Wine: Sicilian White Wine

Light, bright, and tasty with summer fare; made by Tenuta Regaleali

Sicily is not quite as hot as Texas right now, but it’s close. The Tasca family has made wine in Sicily for eight generations and have developed quite a reputation for producing delicious wines at a reasonable price.

My favorite of their wines is the white, called Regaleali Bianco ($15). This crispy, tasty wine is a blend of Inzolia (47%), Grecanico (22%), Catarratto (25%), and Chardonnay (6%).

Some of those grapes may sound a tad obscure, but the island has always maintained a slightly independent reputation, so the fact that Sicily has developed their own versions of grapes is not a surprise. What is a surprise – and a pleasant one at that – is how flinty the aromas are to match up with the nicely acidic flavor. This is an ideal wine for pre-dinner conversation, or, even better, as an accompaniment to a lightly sauced pasta topped with fresh Gulf seafood, especially redfish.

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Regaleali Bianco, Sicily, Tasca, Inzolia, Grecanico, Catarratto, Chardonnay


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