Azienda Vinicola Palamà, Cutrofiano, Puglia

Cosimo Palamà’s cantina has bee a WINE EXPO-ista cult fave for approaching two decades. He is always striving to make better wines AND keep their prices reasonable. He also makes the best espresso at VinItaly…

Palamà Salento Bianco IGT Brontolo, Puglia  1 LITER bottle

After you snatched up thousands of cases of the Brontolo Rosso in its anti-chic, retro-cool liter bottle with screwcap, we decided to bring in the white version to help you keep your household deficit in check. Crisp, dry, minerally on the finish, this is a real bargain.

 

Palamà Salento Bianco IGT Metiusco 2011, Puglia

Cosimo’s best vintage yet: This delicious blend of Verdeca (also known as Verdicchio Femmina!) and Malvasia Bianca has a gorgeous nose of honey and ripe white fruits yet finishes BONE dry with a firm mineral backbeat. Guaranteed to make your next Saturday Night Fish Fry (or just some take out Chinese seafood) at least one order of magnitude more interesting, beautifully packaged and affordable to boot, what more would you want?

 

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Azienda Agricola Petrera Pasquale, Gioia del Colle, Puglia

This cantina has such an interesting story to tell that we don’t even know where to begin. THEY begin in their press kit with “At the beginning of the Oligocene era there was still a channel between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic Seas. Between the cretaceous plate of the Bari area and the Southern Apennines, the Saddle of Spinazzola formed a broad strait that linked the Ionian Sea to the Adriatic, where the today’s territory of Gioia del Colle was then submerged….”  then note that their vineyard site was used as same by the Peucetians in the 8th century B.C.. They then fast forward to the late 18th century when their ancestor Nicola Petrera picked their hillside (365 meters above sea level) to plant to vines and built a home / cantina at about the same time as local bishop Don Franceso Filippo Indellicati selected a local grape variety, known in dialect as U’pr’mati’ve, as the best in the Zona and renamed Primitivo as it is not only the first to ripen but gives TWO harvests each year, the second one (known as “racemi” and with less body and color but more sweetness and aromatics) being thrown into the fermented wine as a sort of Ripasso or Governo thus adding richness to the wine.

The current generation were the first to bottle Primitivo in purezza (in 1987) and founded the DOC Primitivo Gioia del Colle in 2000 and have taken Nonno Nicola’s motto, “Who loves and respects Nature, loves God and himself” as their own and do everything by hand and in strict accordance with Certified Organic Agriculture standards (“considered as life-style: not for business but for respect of Nature and every living creature, in primis ourselves”) and even say that they treat each vine like a person and that “We want to make our wine like mirror of the territory, the soil and the people who are its authors…the success of a wine has to be made starting from roots of the vine”. They kind of lose us at the part where they “foster tranquillity and harmony by diffusion of new-age sounds in our cellar to support the activity of the living enzymes inside our natural wines sensitive to music therapy” but, hey, what could it hurt? So, anyway, we tasted the wines and immediately ordered piles of them for ourselves (we might let you have some too if there is any left).

Fatalone Greco Spinomarino 2010, Murgia, Puglia  Organic

Phat, nutty and dry with a very long finish and just plain FUN, this is about as far from the stereotypical flat, boring and oxidized southern whites of old as you can get. We see this being a very big sensation with everyone from traditional Chard-o-philes to card carrying members of the ABC Movement*. Try it with your favorite fish, seafood or chicken dish or just sip some while vegging out and watching Adult Swim on The Cartoon Network.

*Anything but Chardonnay