I had the pleasure of wining and dining at theRistorante Rafele, NYC with Maggiovini . My palate was taken on an Italian adventure as I got up close and personal with Sicilian wines. If you haven’t had vino from Sicily allow me to introduce you to Maggiovini.
The Maggiovini Winery was founded more than 50 years ago in Vittoria. Continuing their family’s tradition, the vineyard is now run by Barbara and Massimo Maggio. You can find international grapes on their land such as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, I say sip on their wines that made with Grillo, Frappato, Nero d’Avola, or Catarratto grapes. These are the types vines that Sicily is known for. Basically it’s where the magick is.
We were thrilled to have Massimo as the special guest for the day. He walked us through each wine as we went through a carefully crafted menu. I enjoyed all of the wines. However there were a few stand outs that made me do a happy wine dance.
Magginovini, Villa Maggio Pinot Grigio 2015
This wine kicked off the lunch. It is made with 100% Pinot Grigio organic grapes with the smell of fruits and flowers. This wine was paired with shrimp and calamari so that makes it a good selection for seafood.
Maggiovini, Rasula Catarratto 2014
Made with 100% Catarratto organic grapes. This is a wonderful wine that you can drink every day. It’s crisp with a nice fragrant aroma. If you like white wines give this wine a swirl. This wine was paired with eggplant parmesan and buffalo mozzarella. It would be excellent with cheeses, lasagnas or pasta.
Maggiovini, Pettineo Nero d’ Avola 2013
The grapes for this wine are handpicked. It’s a full bodied wine that is red cherry colored with aromas of red fruit. It’s a bold and sexy red. This wine was paired with smoked guanciale in a tomato sauce. Think of pairing with meats, herbed chicken, or pizza.