A rare treat to go off-piste and enjoy a bottle of Visellio Primitivo Salento 2010 last week. Primitivo is the grape variety (known in the US as Zinfandel) and in this case comes from Salento – the heel of Italy. Big flavours of plums and cherries with a smokiness backed up by rich yet soft tannins, it was just perfect served alongside a chilli con carne. The heat and spice in the dish were an excellent match to the rich fruity notes in the wine and as the tannins were soft there was no clash going with the chilli. Lovely!
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The whole day was fabulous … had a great time and came away much better informed about the region and its wines.
The wine tasting day was one of the highlights of our entire trip … you really went out of your way to make our stay perfect.