Italian wines are popular throughout the world. However, it is mostly the Tuscan wines that receive the awards and accolades. Few people and fewer restaurants stock wines from Campania. Less well known but just as good Campania wines are starting to get noticed. Included in this case are two bottles of Aglianico, two bottles of sparkling Lettere Rosso Frizzante, two bottles of Lacryma Christi Rosso.
According to the legend, when Lucifer, a former angel of God, fell from heaven, he broke off a piece of paradise, which he intended to take with him. This piece of paradise now forms the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Christ, sorrowed by this loss of paradise, cried divine tears. These tears fell on Mount Vesuvius and nourished the ground which still now produces the Lacryma Christi wine. The Lacryma Christi Rosso serves as an excellent pairing for grilled red meats, pasta dishes in rich red sauces, Lasagna and Cannelloni, as well as medium-aged cheeses. Try this divine wine from the hills of Mount Vesuvius.
Rewarded a spot among the greatest Italian wines, Aglianico is certainly one of the most iconic wines of the Campania region. Compared to the finest Barolos, grown on volcanic, mineral rich, sandy soil, this full-bodied red wine is perfectly suited for red and white meats, as well as hearty winter dishes like Lasagna, truffle pasta and mushrooms.
Lettere is a fizzy red, full of cherry fruit, lightly sweet and low in alcohol (11.5 percent). Ruby red in color, it serves with a slight foam and effervescence. It is delicious and works beautifully with pizza and any tomato sauce-based entrée. The fruitiness and sweetness playing off the sharp acidity of the tomato sauce. It also pairs nicely with fried appetizers, fried fish, and cured meats such as salami and prosciutto. Best served chilled at 8°
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