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Wine of the Weekend

Bollato di Guarini Negroamaro Primitivo 2018

February 18 was National ‘Drink Wine’ Day and if you delayed your celebrations until the weekend, we have the perfect wine for a virtual tasting with friends – Bollato di Guarini Negroamaro Primitivo. At only $17 and tasting like a wine way above that mark, this is one to tell a few friends about and plan a Zoom call where everyone has a bottle. A Negroamaro Primitivo blend may be new to most (part of the fun!) but remember that Primitivo has family in California calling itself Zinfandel, so you may be more familiar than you think. Have fun tasting and discovering together!

Tasting Notes: Blending Negroamaro and Primitivo, the 2018 Bollato di Guarino unites these two signature grapes of the region, delivering flavours of ripe black berries and plum, bramble and balsamic. The oak shows vanilla and spice that match the wine’s tobacco and leather notes nicely, along with smooth tannins and a lengthy finish.

Enjoy With: Tomato bruschetta and fresh tomato sauces, pizza, grilled red meats, lightly spicy pasta and hearty stews.

Style: A full-bodied, smooth red wine.

Terroir / Region: The Puglian peninsula (the ‘heel’ of the Italian ‘boot’) is all sunshine and vineyards. Here, there is no escape from the Mediterranean sun, so vines must be able to fend for themselves. Negroamaro and Primitivo are at home in the region and both grapes take to the sun like a snowbird to Florida.

Producer: Starting in 1910, the Losito family’s business was tavernas, the Guarini family’s business was wine trading, and when the two families were joined by marriage, Losito e Guarini was formed. Installing some of the first bottling plants and modern equipment in the region set the family’s eyes on using modern tactics and traditional grapes to create wines now enjoyed all over the world.

Availability: Bollato di Guarini Negroamaro Primitivo 2018 will be available on Saturday, February 20 in the Vintages section of your local LCBO and for online ordering, but some stores may already have it on the shelf. Grab a bottle for yourself and maybe a few to deliver to friends. Your virtual tasting awaits!


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Price: $17.00
LCBO#: 17884
Size: 750mL
Alcohol Content:14% alc./vol.