Negroamaro–Puglia’s Intriguing Beauty – James Melendez

Growing primarily in Puglia—the boot hill of Italy; there is a wine grower in Mendocino County. Negroamaro —Amaro an Italian word coming from the Greek meaning bitter and Negro from the Italian meaning black— the color of the grape.   Maru is a root word with Merum which was a wine brought to Puglia by the Greeks.  After the Roman Empire  decline this grape was kept alive in Benedictine and Greek Orthodox monasteries in Puglia. There is a DNA linkage to Verdicchio and Sangiovese but the exacting of that relationship is unknown.

There are different combinations of Negroamaro in DOC or IGT wines; latest estimates for this wine is that there ar 16,760 hectares / 41,000 acres in 2000 down from 31,000 hectares / 75,000 ares on a previous listed number. Wine writer Oz Clark calls this a “rather odd tasting grape” but certainly do not agree.  It is a varietal that is markedly unique and certainly stands out in the crowd–sublimely dry – dark black / red fruit notes, and gracious acid structure.  Can go with many foods—from seafood to steak, from burgers to Bolognese. Seek this wine out– a fantastically lyrical wine and optimum to pair with food but makes a wondrous stand-alone wine.

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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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