Frappato is a light, fruity red wine from Sicily that has the potential for pairing with a wide variety of food.
Frappato is native to the Italian island of Sicily and is mostly grown in the southeastern part of the island, around the city of Vittoria. The two most common styles of red wine from this region are Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, where Frappato is a secondary grape blended with Nero d’Avola, and Vittoria DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), where Frappato is the primary red grape, but may have a small amount of other red grapes blended in.
The term “Cerasuolo” means cherry, which refers to the bright red cherry and red berry aromas associated with Frappato. These wines may also have notes of spice and herbs. In order to keep the wines light and fruity, they are generally fermented and aged in steel or concrete. Concrete allows a small amount of air to come in contact with the wine to give it more body, but like steel, it does not impart any additional flavors the way oak barrels might.
Because Frappato is a light-to-medium body wine with low tannins, it can be served with a slight chill, making it a great wine for the few remaining warm afternoons we have left before fall really sets in. This light, fruity, low-tannin style is the perfect accompaniment for a wide-ranging assortment of food, including fresh or aged cheeses, salamis, tuna, swordfish, pizza, and pasta with tomato sauce. And if you are thinking ahead, Frappato will work with the wide variety to flavors common to a typical Thanksgiving meal.