One evening in New York, some years ago, I asked for a wine recommendation at La Locanda a great Italian restaurant on 9th Avenue. Vincenzo, the Sommelier, asked “do you trust me?” Yes, of course I said.
It was then that my love of Aglianico began. One of the three “Noble Grapes” of Italy along with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, called the wine of Poets and Kings, it is grown in the wild terrain and climate around the volcano Monte Vulture in the Basilicata region of Italy. La Loconda is gone, but my love of Aglianico remains.
It was a perfect accompaniment to a hardy Italian soup.
The Wine: Serra del Prete Aglianico del Vulture Azienda Agricola Musto Carmelitano $$
The Food: Mushroom Barley Soup, Gray and Rogers Italian Two Easy
The Place: Happy Monday Night at Home