Contravento is run by Vincenzo di Meo in Abruzzo, Italy. The Limite Acque Sicure (which translates to “safe waters limit”) blends Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo — two of the most commonly planted grapes in the area — with Passerina, a lesser-known indigenous variety. The Vento D’Estate Bianco is made entirely from Passerina. Both wines are highly drinkable, great with food or on their own, and definitely better with friends.
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This 100% Tempranillo really reveals how finessed this grape can be. There is very little oak influence which allows the purity of fruit and energy of this wine to be on full display. A spread of Spanish cheeses, cured meats, and this bottle is just what the doctor ordered.
The Limite Acqui Sicure is a blend of red and white grapes: Montepulciano, Passerina, and Trebbiano. Its cheeky name means “safe waters limit,” or “this is where the safe zone ends, risk death by shark if you swim out any further.” Given that almost half of it is made with white grapes, this wine has a racy acidic spine that is balanced by fresh herbs and a salty finish. This wine pushes the limits, and so you should eat it with something that does the same. Try it paired with a movie night and french fries made with a generous portion of crispy sage and rosemary and a side of aioli.
Vincenzo de Meo, also called Enzo, makes jewel-toned natural wines in Abruzzo, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. The Vento D’ Estate is made of 100% Passerina grapes, which is part of what makes Enzo’s bottling so interesting; Abruzzo doesn’t often stray from its core varieties, Montepulciano and Trebbiano. Passerina is a white grape that’s been attracting more attention recently, but that can still qualify as a hidden gem.
Giulia Negri is producing everything we want in a great Nebbiolo at her high-elevation vineyards in Barolo. Her Langhe Nebbiolo is perfumed & precise, bursting with lively fruit & freshness. Giulia is more than a rising star, she’s affirmed talent among Piedmontese winemakers.
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