Nero d’Avola is a full-bodied, dry red wine from Sicily that has a similar weight as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Nero d’Avola can be purchased for an incredible value right now, as it is not popular just yet. While it is gaining steam as wine to be reckoned with, it has yet to catch on.
Known for its bold black cherry/plum fruit-driven flavours, Nero d’Avola is high in tannin as well as acidity. Although the tannin is not as heavy as a Barolo, and the acidity is moderate-high, so the wine isn’t overly tart. On top of that, you get some earthy herbal notes, as well as mocha, licorice, violet, vanilla bean and espresso on the nose.
Moderately high tannin and acidity, plus bold fruit flavours make Nero d’Avola the perfect wine for rich meaty dishes. This wine requires a lot of protein and fat to be tamed, and the bold fruity flavours are an excellent foil for meats that taste gamey as they mask the gamier flavours.
Nero d’Avola and Farsumagru
Farsumagru is a unique Sicilian dish that is a large roll of veal or beef, stuffed with a combination of bacon, sausage, prosciutto, beef, cheese, and hardboiled egg. It’s a dense dish, and the acidity of Nero d’Avola can cut through the heavy meaty flavours with ease. All that hefty protein helps tame the tannin in this wine. Thus each bite finishes with you tasting any one of the ingredients in the dish, as well as the fruitiness of the wine.
Nero d’Avola and Venison Stew
A gamey Venison Stew accentuates the zippy fruit flavours in Nero d’Avola making the wine taste candied fruit and delicious. These amazing flavours help hide the gamieness that not everyone loves. Plus you’ll find the wine’s tannin has plenty of protein to dig into, without overpowering the subtle flavours of the stew. Finally, the earthy herbal notes complement any root vegetables or herbs you’ve added to your stew.
Nero d’Avola and Oxtail Soup
Oxtail Soup, when cooked properly, is rich, deep and satisfying. Thus it commands a wine with the same presence. Nero d’Avola is ready to accept that challenge, as well as enrich the soup with its bold fruity finish.
Nero d’Avola and Barbecue Burgers with Bacon
The bacon will mesh well with the earthy components of Nero d’Avola while the acidity and tannin in this bold red can match the weight of the hamburger beef and bacon.
Nero d’Avola and Black Bean Burgers
Black bean burgers are rich and earthy, which are the right components to complement the earthy notes of this wine. Meanwhile the moderate acidity of the wine can cut right through the rich bean flavours, where as a leaner wine might stumble.