ITALIAN WINE CLUB

APRIL 2020

SARDEGNA A LA ESPAÑOLA

Sardinia is as Mediterranean as it gets, smack dab in the middle of the sea with Iberia to the West, Corsica just 10 miles North, the whole boot in the East, and Sicily a skip to the South. And it’s been a trading hub since ancient Phoenicia, with relics all over the island like 4,000 year old stone hut ruins where grapes were crushed, so yeah, wine and Sardinia go way back. As the second largest island in the Med and a hotbed of agriculture and trade, Sardinia is a cultural melting pot with a pretty notable 400 years of Spanish reign from 1323-1720. Most of Sardinia’s native grape varieties, (and there are a lot!) are not truly sprung-from-the-soil indigenous, but Spanish cultivars brought centuries ago and adapted to the island’s hot and dry sun-soaked climate to become Sardinian staples. The island is a cornucopia of the Mediterranean diet; a smorgasbord of seafood of course (sardines, anyone?) lamb, olives, semolina, artichokes, and wine wine wine. Small family farms with wee vineyards often share in co-op wineries to make their own little production, making co-op bottlings the main wine to come off the island, affordable and delicious. In the last few decades though, more and more small producers have built their own wineries and ignited interest in world-class vino Sardo.

-Kevin Wardell

 

 

WINE #1: CANTINE CHESSA CAGNULARI

Usini, Isola dei Nuraghi, Sardinia, Italy 2018

WINE #2: FATTORIA CUSCUSA “CROBIA” CANNONAU

Oristano, Sardinia, Italy 2018

WINE #3: CAPICHERA “LIÀNTI” CARIGNANO

Gallura, Sardinia, Italy 2018

WINE #4: CARDEDU “PRAJA” MONICA

Ogliastra, Sardinia, Italy 2018
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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