February 02, 2005

Mandra Rossa 2003 Sicilia Fiano

Imported by Palm Bay Imports, Boca Raton, FL; about $9.

When it’s cold outside but red wines doesn’t fit the mood or menu, what to do? Start dreaming of warm, sunny islands, like Sicily. Until recently, the island was known mainly for bland whites, fine for the beach but little beyond. Now, with the efforts of forward-looking people like Diego Planeta, who founded MandraRossa, you can find wines like this Fiano, as richly ripe as a pineapple with warming notes of smoky honey and spice. Try it with sautéed cod, or a white bean stew.

This recommendation originally appeared in the Denver Post.

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