Calabria is a long and narrow peninsula in southern Italy, commonly referred to as the “toe of the boot”. It is a region little known for its wine, as most of it remains largely agricultural. If you do not know where to look, the wines can range from disappointing to mediocre. The good news is, your folks at Lupa do know where to look! And we feel that Calabria is home to delicious wine with more than reasonable price points. This southern terroir naturally produces reds (made from native varietals, Gaglioppo, Magliocco, Malvasia Nera and Greco Nero) with distinct spice notes, a quality winemakers in other areas often have to use oak to achieve. The wines range from light and bright, but well-structured, to sultry, decanter worthy beasts. Yet despite the range, the wines have a common rawness to them: a characteristic that, unfortunately, lacks in too many conventional wines today.
The Producers of this dinner are at the forefront of Calabrian wine making, names that every Italian wine list should represent. Our hope is, as it is for all our dinners, that we will transport you to a new land. In this case, a place where the sun is out year round, caper berries grow wild, and somehow red wine pairs beautifully with seafood.
See you all there! Cin Cin!
Lupa Osteria Romana
Monday April 30th, 6pm
Melanzana Ripiena di Ricotta e Menta
Ippolito Cirò Bianco 2016
Conchiglie con “Clams Casino” e N’duja
Casa Comerci “Rosina” Calabria Rosso 2013
Fusilli con Fava, Agnello e Caciocavallo
Du Cropio “Damis” Cirò Rosso 2010
Du Cropio “Damis” Cirò Rosso 2012
Pesce Spada con Salmoriglio e Cipolla Rossa
A’ Vita Cirò Rosso 2013
Torta di Limoncello