Nino Caravaglio traces his winemaking roots back to Spanish ancestors who arrived on the Aeolian Islands some 500 years ago. In addition to a thriving caper-growing business, Caravaglio owns 42 acres planted to local grape varieties. He uses Malvasia di Lipari, famous for its sweet wines, as the basis for three dry whites, and all three of his 2019 bottlings are recommended in our October issue. He selects fruit for this wine from 20- to 30-year-old vines growing on the rocky volcanic soils of the island of Salina. The juice remains with the skins for ten days, imbuing the wine with a brilliant copper hue and a rich, chewy texture. Heady scents of honeysuckle and orange blossom lead into flavors of juicy peach, apricot and mandarin orange that balance the wine’s intense salinity. Rich and honeyed, yet fully dry, it’s a match for salty cheeses or rich fish in a lemon and caper sauce.
North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, CA
Caravaglio 2019 Salina Occhio di Terra
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This story appears in the print issue of October 2020.
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