REGION: Sicily, Italy
VARIETIES: Nero d'Avola
Sicily, like much of the Mediterranean, is one of the best places to look for value these days. You still have to wary of the producer, but with their natural climate (hot, but moderated by the sea) it's almost impossible not to produce decent grapes. Nero d'Avola is the native grape, and it does everything from straight-forward, fruity reds like this, to more powerful, bold wines. You're not going to go wrong with this wine.