This gave my wife, Lisa the idea to try other wines from the region, but to do that we needed a bigger wine shop. She decided on Astor Wines in New York City. I used to buy from Astor when I lived in Manhattan and can tell you from experience, this wine shop has everything. I mean everything... from $600 bottles of vintage bottles, to under $10 bottles. Well, being on the frugal side of life (and never having been satisfied with any wine that we paid over $50 for), the $10 range was just about right.
Below are three of the wines we've been enjoying at home with a profile of each...
Rosso Puglia Casato D'Alojsa - 2009
Produced from the Negroamaro grape. A light colored, transparent, red wine. Fruity, spicy, light. It's a wine destined for pizza or pasta. It's brightness would go well with fish or with cheese and fruit. Don't be surprised by the low price. It's a decent wine, if you pair it properly.
Torre Nova Negroamaro 2014
$10.98 (Astor Wines)
This is an organic, un-oaked, red wine--that is, it was not aged on an oak barrel. It's from the Salento region of Puglia--the heel of the boot. It was full bodied and fruity at first, but then the acidic youthfulness hit my tongue. The finish was smooth and a bit spicy. It reminded me of a rustic Chianti. This might be a bottle to keep for a few years to see how it ages. It went great with a primavera pasta and would be a good mix on the palette with beef.