Sicilian Surprise!

IMG_0089When I think of bubbly wines I think of northern climates — Champagne, the Veneto — so the last place I expect to find a terrific sparkling rosé is Sicily. And yet, Jeremy Parzen — the creative wine curator at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Sotto — has found one that dazzles with flavor and delights with its unexpected provenance. Murgo Brut Rosé is the name, but alas, I cannot say where you might be able to find this lovely, lively, refreshing, complex, crisp rosé except on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, at our beloved Sotto. I can tell you that it is 100% Nerello Mascalese, and I will say, if you happen to find yourself on the westside of Los Angeles it’s worth a trip just to say you had bubbly from Sicily! The balance is spectacular — not to sweet or too dry, with plenty of effervescence and that hint of something wonderful yet substantive that distinguishes a fine rosé brut from the colorless ones. GREAT, of course, with oysters and lighter antipasti like panelle (Sicilian chickpea fritters), but I would imagine — we didn’t try this pairing — perfectly wonderful with many seafood and light primi courses. Who knew?!? A  terrific bubbly that you’d NEVER guess was from anywhere as far south as the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily!IMG_0090

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  1. I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed that wine as much as I have. Thanks for the kind shout out. And looking forward to tasting with yall in the fall when I make it back to LA. Abbraccio j

  2. Wow! I just found your website and additionally, just saw your recommendation for the Murgo Winery Rose. We live about 5 mintutes from the Winery and will be stopping by to enjoy the tasting very soon! Thanks for the heads up!!

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