WINE OF THE WEEK: 2011 Tami Frappato Sicilia Rosso; from Sicily, Italy; costs about $15; serve with salumi, antipasti, pizza, pasta, grilled meats and even fish.
This fresh, fruity red is from rising star Arianna Occhipinti, who released her first wine in 2004, when she was 21. In Sicily, Frappato, pronounced frah-pa-to, is usually used to lighten inky Nero d'Avola, but Occhipinti makes a pure Frappato with the freshness and liveliness of a good Beaujolais under her secondary Tami label. We love its spunky notes of black cherry and other dark berries accented with lavender and spices. She's committed to natural winemaking and farms her vineyards in eastern Sicily biodynamically.
Serve it slightly chilled with salumi, antipasti, pasta, pizza, grilled meats and even fish. It's a great bottle to have on hand when friends drop by unexpectedly.