Look for this bottle. When you find it, buy it. In fact, buy two. I promise it won't be long before you're crushing on Elisabetta Foradori and Teroldego, too.
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Finding a perfect wine to drink with with pesto is a real challenge. You need something punchy enough to stand confidently against sharp herbs and garlic, yet textured and salty to complement all that Parmesan and the creaminess of the pine nuts.
Often compared to Syrah both in flavor and its favored growing conditions, Nero d'Avola thrives in the island warmth of Sicily. This heat-loving grape can produce lush yet balanced wines with smooth tannins, friendly acidity and plummy flavors.
The Etna DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, a classification used to signify and protect Italy's most important terroirs) can be found in Sicily's far-east corner, hugging the neck of Mount Etna—Europe's largest active volcano—like a shirt collar.