• Kaitlin Ohlinger

Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso, 2018

I'm bringing back blogging in 2020!

Why? Well, search engine traffic, general fame and notoriety...

Not really. Here's how I decided to start blogging again: I noticed you can import blog content from Wordpress into Wix. Considered doing that with all my old www.thewinesnob.net posts.

Chewed it over. Realized that while that blog was fun and had plenty of followers, I'm a full twelve years older than I was when I started it. I like a lot of that content, but I've grown. I want my writing to reflect the me of now. I was a little long-winded in those days. And the blogging landscape is quite different now! Understatement of the decade.

I hope you found this blog while researching a certain wine; I think it's a coup to get a real person. So here I am, and a warm welcome to you.

Without any further adieu, here's the first wine you get to hear me chatter on about: Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso, 2018. Imported by Skurnik Wines.

I recently wrote an email campaign for Kent Wine & Spirit (Kent, CT) and this wine was a feature. It brought to mind a few Northern Italian reds I used to sell and absolutely loved. The perkiness of a young nebbiolo is a favorite style of mine.

This wine is a blend of nebbiolo, barbera, merlot and dolcetto coming from the property's younger vines. I was once told that young vines produce wine that is powerful; older vines wines that are graceful. This wine has a pleasant power. The structure is firm and the nose dense with a dark plum and blackberry core, accented by flirty violet and sage.

The mouthfeel is taut and energized. It has more of a fleshed-out bottom half than you'd see in a 100% nebbiolo. There is some real chewiness to this wine but its overall impression is uplifting and bright. I could definitely be tricked into thinking it is a full percentage point lower in alcohol than it's actual 14%.

Pair this wine with:

-drunken goat cheese (a fave of mine on any occasion)

-salty cured or smoked fish

-kale salad or slaw with a red wine vinegar/thyme dressing, topped with goat or feta cheese.

-I want to say poultry, but honestly how many wine pairings suggest POULTRY? Poultry is generic. That said, red wine braised duck or chicken thighs would be totally great and requires minimal effort.

Purchased at Kent Wine & Spirit for $14.99.