Puglia, down in the boot, produces some lively wine, without the heft of Tuscany (meaning price tag). We are very fortunate that here in BC the Liquor Board stocks an enormously appealing and not too expensive red which is not only delectable but organic and can be sourced across the province.
This is an ideal red for the patio, for the BBQ, for sipping and eating and socializing. It’s not top of the game, it’s no Brunello, on the palate it lacks, but the finish is all love, joyously generous, and in a group you can drink three bottles for under $75. That is, unless you order it in a restaurant, where it will run you an exorbitant $55 or more.
It’s in Smithers, it’s in Stewart; it’s in Kaslo it’s in Fruitvale. I think the Italians would approve. And I believe it’s worth more, all things considered, than the 89 points Gismondi gave it.
Price: $19.50 at BC Liquor before taxes.
Market Liquidity: I think if socialist filmmaker Ken Loach gave his seal of approval to wine he’d give this a gold star.