After three saintly days of no drinking, it’s nice to hear the cork go ‘phut’. Lovely sound!
I decided to open a bottle of Grillo this evening, to go with pasta baked in Mascarpone sauce. This one is from Donnafugata, and I was surprised to see that it’s got the Arabic (and Hebrew) name of ‘Sursur’ – which means ‘a cricket’ in both languages. A quick read through the tasting notes reveals that ‘Grillo’ means a cricket in Italian – and, of course, Arabic was at one point spoken in Sicily. Oh, the things you learn via wine!
This is one fine Grillo. I’ve had quite a few rather pleasant, but ultimately not memorable ones, but this smells and tastes like a notch above! Lovely straw colour in the glass, it is quite intense on the nose with scent of orange blossom, jasmine, waxy lemon and some fresh herbs (we thought fennel/dill). The mouthfeel is lovely and almost oily – but not quite, with fresh and lovely notes of tangerine, white peach, fresh herbs and a twist of orange zest on the finish. A perfect summer wine, which I suspect will be enhanced further by the food.
At £16.50 it certainly isn’t a cheap Grillo, but we both think it’s worth every penny for the sheer summery pleasure it gives.
What’s in your glass this weekend?