Puglia in Rosé

It's no secret, the popularity of rosé wine has absolutely exploded over the past few years.  Wine stores that once housed two or three bottles of that sweet, cheap Zinfandel, now have shelves filled to capacity with rosés from all over the world.  The hashtag #yeswayrosé and #roséallday aren't just for Instagram anymore, they're actual brands all on their own and while the Provence region continues to lead in the marketplace, countries like Argentina, Spain and Italy are beginning to emerge with their own exciting new wines.  So when we were invited to the Puglia in Rosé event at Scavolini SoHo, we were ready to soak in all the wonderful food and drink coming from this region.

Puglia is located in the south of Italy in what is known geographically as the heel of Italy's "boot".  It's characterized by more than 500 miles of coastline bathed by the Adriatic and Ionian Sea's.  The climate is typical Mediterranean, which make it the perfect place for a high variety of grapes to be grown including Negramaro, Primitive, Bombino Nero and Sangiovese.

These red grapes are the base for many of their wonderful rosés like the Silva Bella from Cantina Le Grotte, a delicious sparkling wine made from Nero de Troia. 

Rosés are incredibly food friendly wines and here they were paired with classic Italian dishes.  Chef Jason Heiselman from Restaurant Associates doled out plump Burrata Gnocchi with shaved Caciocavallo cheese.

While Chef Angelo Campetiello from AICNY used Primitivo di Manduria wine from Cantine Due Palme to cook a rich, delicious Porchetta.

 It was a full on Apulian experience of food and drink. 

Of course rosés aren't the only type of wine coming out of Puglia, the same grapes can be used for red wines like the wonderful, full bodied Selvarossa Riserva.

This was a fantastic event that really opened our eyes to this exciting Italian wine region.

So the next time you're reaching for that standard bottle of Whispering Angel I suggest trying something new from this fantastic little region in Italy, I don't think you'll be disappointed.