Balbium, Terre di Balbia 2011, Calabria, Italy

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Advent Calendar Day: December 1st

The wine is made entirely from Magliocco; an ancient red grape variety grown exclusively in the southern Italian region of Calabria. It is often confused with Gaglioppo – Calabria’s principal red grape – with which it has a great deal in common. The two varieties look similar in the vineyard and both produce high-alcohol wines with soft, red-fruit flavours. Magliocco’s grapes, however, have been lightly dried to give a concentrated, rich, luscious red wine that has wonderfully velvety tannins and a beautiful intensity.

Food matching ideas for Terre di Balbia include:

· Zucchinis stuffed with lamb
· Braised beef short ribs