Dracaena WinesWelcome to our next installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.

N is for Negroamaro

Negroamaro is a dark-skinned grape best known in the Puglia region in southern Italy. This is the most important and exclusive vine of Puglia! covering roughly 12,000 hectares (29,652 acres) of land throughout the region, but it is especially widespread on the Salento Peninsula.  

The origins of the name “Negroamaro” are not precisely known. There are several different theories about the origins of the name: some believe that «negro» (black) is a clear reference to  its very dark colour, a peculiarity which has been particularly appreciated since the times of the Benedictine monks; «amaro» (bitter) could refer to its strong tannins, or to the fact that in the past the wine was  left to ferment with the grape-skins for a long time, so that by the end of fermentation it was dark and very bitter. The most probable explanation is that the name Negroamaro derives from the fusion of the Greek word mavros and the Latin word niger, both meaning “black” and referring to the colour of the grapes, so that  Negroamaro actually means black-black.

In My Glass – 2016 Tempo Vero Negroamaro (SRP: $14)

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Past episodes:

A is for Albariño video   and podcast

B is for Beaujolais video and podcast

C is for Carménère video  (we had some audio difficulty) and podcast

D is for Dolcetto video and podcast

E is for Etna video and podcast

F is for Furmint video and podcast

G is Gruner Veltliner video and podcast

H is for Horse Heaven Hills video and podcast

I is for Itata video and podcast

J is for Jacquere video and podcast

K is for Kabinett video and podcast

L is for Lambrusco video and podcast

M is for Mencia video and podcast

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