While we never discourage anyone from opening a bottle of our Brunello di Montalcino for the Fourth of July celebration in the United States, we’d humbly like to propose an alternative this year: Fattoria dei Barbi’s Morellino di Scansano (above), from the Tuscan coast.
Made from roughly 85 percent Sangiovese (known locally as Morellino) and 15 percent Merlot, this wine has the bright red fruit that many of your guests will love. But at the same time, it has the classic zippy acidity and authenticity that wine connoisseurs will love.
The other great thing about Morellino di Scansano (beyond its easy-to-palate shelf price) is that it’s also a red wine that Tuscans typically chill during summer months. And it’s also a red wine that’s light enough to pair with seafood and fish dishes (Tuscan fish stew, a classic dish from Maremma, is a favorite of ours). In Tuscany, we don’t make much white wine and so it’s not uncommon to serve red wine with fish. This Morellino hits its mark perfectly.
Versatility, approachability, inexpensive, made to chill… can you think of a better Fourth of July wine?
Happy Fourth to all of our American friends!