(Pronounced “NEH-roe Dah-VOE-lah”)
Now one of the hippest wines in exclusive Italian wine bars, Nero D’ Avola was first introduced to the outside world by a legendary twist of fate. In the 1700s, an English sea captain sought refuge from a fierce storm by battling his way to the harbor in Marsala, near Avola. To celebrate his fortuitous escape, he visited a tavern known for its outstanding port-style wine. However, when he sampled the Nero d’Avola, he was so taken by the rich flavor and full body, he purchased the entire production available. Even still, it was only in just the past few decades that the Nero D’ Avola truly come into its own on international markets. Currently, though, this extraordinary gem is little-known in the U.S., making it one of the best values you’ll find.