Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secco Isola di Salina

It’s not often that I taste a wine that truly excites me.  Maybe I’m getting jaded tasting so many wines, but once in awhile a wine wakes me from my alcoholic stupor.  Such is the case of a wine from the Aeolian Islands of Salina and Lipari, which is off the east coast of Sicily.  For more than 500-years, generations of the Caravaglio family have cultivated the Malvasia and Corinto Nero grape varietals to produce in winemaker Antonino Caravaglio’s words a “true island wine.”  The certified organic wine is called Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Malvasia Bianco Secco Isola di Salina.  Please imagine sitting on a veranda overlooking the flat calm waters of the Mediterranean drinking an absolutely dry white wine with flavors of lemon water, sea salt and dried garden herbs.  Absolutely stunning!  A perfect match with raw oysters, Hawaiian-style poke and seared ahi.  $20 per bottle.

Randy Nunokawa