One of the most intriguing things about wine, in my opinion, is the fact that there are so many different types of wine made all over the world, and countries that you never think of making wine have been doing so for thousands of years. Not only does the science and art portion of the wine making process allow for so many different types of wines to be made, but so does the culture. For those that are equally as intrigued, the vast world of wine can make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. Our challenge to our fellow wine lovers and explorers is to break out of your comfort zone and discover something new. This weekend I was enjoying and evening at home and thought about reaching for a Chardonnay to enjoy for the evening but then had a change of heart and decided to opt for something totally out of my norm.  I had recently tried this wine and not knowing much about the varietal I decided to explore and expand my palate.

I had the 2010 Marramiero Abruzzo Pecorino DOC  is from the Abruzzo region of Italy, lying just east of Rome.

The name Pecorino had originated from the word pecore (sheep) in Italian – you may also be thinking of Pecorino the cheese, which is made from goat’s milk. The Pecorino grapes are said to ripen in September, about the same time that the sheep of this region head out on their migration for winter, and would be found snacking on the Pecorino grapes.

The color of the wine is pretty striking – very golden and straw like in color. Lots of fruit on the palate, tropical fruit like mango and melon, and also some peach, with an underlying minerality. There is even an essence of spice like a hint of nutmeg or clove. It actually reminded me of Viognier. I thought with all the fruit this would be a good match with a spicier dish and had this with whole wheat spaghetti with sautéed swiss chard in olive oil with red pepper flakes and Parmesan. ( one of my favorite meals to make in the summer with swiss chard from Bird’s Haven farm!) It was an excellent combo!

Next time you go to grab that same old same, take a moment and try something different. Not only will you be expanding your wine palate but you are experiencing other parts of the world which really is a pretty cool thing to get to do from home.