While common in Italy, and a grape native to the island of Sicily, you don’t find much Grillo is other parts of the world. And that’s okay as Italy does an admirable job with the grape. It offers good minerality, nice acidity and flavors of subtle lemon-lime, white peach, kumquat, apricot, resin and honeysuckle, light mango and other tropical fruit notes. In terms of food pairing, this is the kind of wine that is ultimately versatile, and Stemmari offers a terrific value. ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy. ALCOHOL: 13%
A fifth generation family winery in Sicily that gets the whole family on board. From Aurelio and Barbara Di Giovanna, Gunther Di Giovanna, Gunther Di Giovanna, and Klaus Di Giovanna, the co-owners to Melissa Di Giovanna, the Sales and Marketing Manager. The winemaker is Gianfranco Zito.
Fortunately for all of us Grillo is becoming a more popular wine. Best known in Italy, (there is some belief it originated here, but that is not conclusive) imports to the US are up and that makes for a great new wine to discover if you’re not familiar with wines from the Sicily region of Italy. This wine offers soft lemon-lime resin, lychee, light papaya, with back and supporting notes of stone fruit, melon and mineralogy.
A native grape to the island of Sicily, this Grillo is light and delicate, with notes of butterscotch, honeysuckle, guava, white peach, lemon-lime, and a hint of grapefruit and summer wildflowers. Like all good Italian wines there is a proper acidity to work with food, which is always the goal. This is a soft wine with a smooth viscosity and its success is that it doesn’t steal the show but enables food to complement the wine, a balancing act that makes for a terrific dining experience. ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy. ALCOHOL: 12%
An excellent white from Sicily made from the Grillo grape. Pale yellow\gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with citrus, minerality and peach. Great acidity. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is tasty and bold. Citrus notes with nice minerality. Persistent finish. This work better with food. Sea food is a natural. Drink over the next five years.
This is 100% Grillo from Sicily grown at an altitude of 830 meters (2,700 feet). A beautiful wine. Golden in color with a slight copper hue, clear and bright. The nose has acacia flowers, tangerines and sea air. Medium bodied. Very slight oily texture. On the palate, this is more about minerality with a bit of tangerine and slight smoke. Good acidity. Plenty of depth. Long finish. This drinks great on its own and is better with food. It will work with salads, sea food and lighter poultry or pork dishes. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Made from the Grillo grape (fast becoming one of my favorite white grapes) in Sicily. Silvery with slight golden hues, clear and bright. On opening there was a bit of a chemical note, but that blew off in 15 minutes and it was clean after that. Tropical fruits (guava?) with vanilla and very slight smoke. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, this has tart acidity. 13% abv. A very nice juicy texture. On the palate, flavors of blood oranges with some vanilla. Guava notes come out on the finish. This is delicious on its own and will work well with sea food or vegetarian dishes. Dri
This is made from the Grillo grape in Sicily. Light yellow/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has a nice minerality along with a touch of salinity and a bit of melon/cantaloupe. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is dry with a nice texture. The cantaloupe comes thru along with a touch of lemon candy. Enough acidity, especially on the finish to give it some energy and zing. This is drinking well on its own but will work well with lighter summer dinners. Drink over the next couple of years. A very nice value at MSRP $15.
This is a white wine made in Sicily from Certified Organic Grillo (pronounced GREE-lo) grapes at a Co-Op. 12.5% ABV. Golden in color with a very slight copper hue, clear and bright. The nose is nice, minerals, quince, and a very slight minty note. Slightly viscous with a medium body. On the palate, the minerality comes thru along with lemons, and quince. There is a slightly bitter note (lemon pith?) on the finish. The finish is of moderate length. Overall, this is a very refreshing wine that was quite a hit with a few friends I shared the remains of the bottle with. It got better