If you want to paint a picture of Sicily fifty years ago, you would think of old ladies in frumpy dresses preparing supper outdoors, kids running around the yard and old men sipping wine, smoking cigarettes and gesticulating frantically about the mundane goings on around them. Feudo Di Santa Tresa’s 2007 Sicilia IGT Nivuro tastes just like that glass of wine the geezers were sipping on – including the smoke. 70% Nero D’Avola and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine lives on the fine edge between smooth tannins and slightly roughed edges… like a fine piece of cabinetry that has been built but not yet sanded. Musically, the smoke made me think of none other than Django Reinhardt the fingerly-challenged, chain smoking Gypsy Jazz guitarist who strummed his guitar much the same way a folk Italian musician would play his mandolin. Check out this track, “Smoke Rings.”
Let me know what wine you would match with this music.