Intriguing from the minute I took it out of the fridge and opened it cold: aromas of red fruits burst out of the glass right away. Frappato is a traditional wine from the southeast corner of Sicily — and we’ve now discovered it’s great as a summer drink, served lightly chilled. This “Il Frappato” is made by a family that has been growing grapes and making wine here since the 19th century – when this region exported wine to France!

In the glass, the wine is light in color, a clear red-purple indicating its lighter body. As it warms, the wine shows more raspberry fruit underlain with mild acidity and tannin, which means that it pairs best with light, plain foods. Or simply serve as a cool aperitif wine to introduce a meal, day or evening.

WHO: Valle dell’Acate

WHAT: 100% frappato

WHERE: Vittoria, Sicily, Italy

HOW MUCH: $21 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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