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Wine of the Week – Stemmari 2014 Rosé, Wines of Sicily

It’s appropriate during the week we celebrate Earth Day to look at a winery that is nothing if not sustainable. Stemmari, has been honored with the European certificate, EMAS, for  its many green practices in its farming. The winery is solar powered, does pruning by hand, and adds organic matter and nutrients to enrich the soil in which its grapes grow. This very nice rosé displays fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, bringing reminders of summer. The winery is more than 50 percent underground and contains heated solar panels on its roof to help it produce 3,500 gallons of water a day.

This wine is delicate and fresh, 12 percent ABV. Sicilian wines date to the Greek and Roman era, but today, this winery, Feudi Arancio, makes its wines  in a traditional villa in stainless tanks. in 2002 Feudo Arancio became the first Italian winery to receive the ECO Management and Audit Scheme 2 certification for its entire production chain. Feudo Arancio assessed its initial environmental condition, drafted plans for environmental impact improvements and committed to an external auditing system that evaluates the results of these projects. A computerized system monitors both cultivation of the vines and harvesting.

Wine of the Week – Lolita Ravishing Red Italian Primitivo

Lolita Ravishing Red Italian Primitivo from the Puglia region of Southern Italy. This Primitivo Di Manduria 2011 is a bright red with notes of cherries and plums. The Lolita wines are from Lolita Healey, the founder/CEO of “Wines by Lolita,” creator of hand-painted wine glasses. The Primitivo is soft and smooth, pairing with cheeses, meats and standing on its own as well. The wine launched recently, part of a collection that includes a white Falanghina and a sparkling Aglianico. Go to http://www.designbylolita.com or https://foodserviceeast.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/wine-of-the-week-lolita-ravishing-red-italian-primitivo-2/