This fresh, fruity red is from rising star Arianna Occhipinti, who released her first wine in 2004, when she was 21. In Sicily, Frappato, pronounced frah-pa-to, is usually used to lighten inky Nero d'Avola, but Occhipinti makes a pure Frappato with the freshness and liveliness of a good Beaujolais under her secondary Tamí label. I love its spunky notes of black cherry and other dark berries accented with lavender and spices. She's committed to natural winemaking and farms her vineyards in eastern Sicily biodynamically.
Serve it slightly chilled with salumi, antipasti, pasta, pizza, grilled meats and even fish. It's a great bottle to have on hand when friends drop by unexpectedly.
Region: Sicily, Italy
Price: About $15
Style: Fresh and fruity
What it goes with: Salumi, antipasti, pizza, pasta, grilled meats — and even fish
Where to find it: BestWinesOnline.com, (888) 817-8880, http://www.bestwinesonline.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.