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Il Papavero Primitivo 2017
Puglia IGT, Italy

Gaslight (1944)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 @ 01:15 AM (ET)

One of Ingrid Bergman’s most iconic roles is that of a wealthy bride in this psychological thriller from MGM. Starring opposite Charles Boyer as her treacherous new husband, Bergman gives an expert performance as a woman slowly being driven mad by the man she loves. Director George Cukor orchestrates a truly gripping drama, and you’ll find yourself clutching your glass of this spicy and fruit-forward Primitivo throughout the picture.

THE WINE

If you’re a fan of great California Zinfandel, you’ll love its Italian cousin, Primitivo. It’s the signature grape of Puglia, the sun-drenched heel of Italy’s boot. This limited-edition release was crafted by Scipione Giuliani, a past European Winemaker of the Year (Mundus Vini), with carefully selected grapes from a special vineyard. With its black plum and cherry aromas, plus smooth chocolate and raisin characters, the 2016 edition is every bit as delicious as its award-winning predecessors.

THE WINEMAKER

Italy is home to more than 1,000 grape varieties – enough to make even a die-hard enthusiast’s head spin. Undeterred by the staggering choice, the quality-driven Scipione traverses the whole of southern Italy every year, selecting the ripest native stars for his sought-after Il Papavero blends. It was in sunny Puglia where he came across a tiny plot of 50-year-old Primitivo vines whose fruit was so perfect, he knew he had to make this 100% Primitivo red for you. Try it and tell us what you think!

THE REGION

WM_ScipioneGiulaniIn terms of temperature and reputation, Puglia is one of Italy’s hottest regions. Thanks to near-endless sunshine, grapes ripen to perfection and deliver hugely concentrated flavors. The resulting wines offer great value – or, as top critic Robert Parker puts it, “sensational bargain wines with real soul.” Throw a talented winemaker like Scipione into the mix and you’ve got a serious treat.

WITH FOOD

ital_antipastiplateServe this Italian style, with a long, leisurely dinner. In Puglia, locals sip spicyrich Primitivo with maccharonial forno, baked pasta with meatballs, hard-boiled egg, artichoke, salami, and cheese, or classic orecchiette (‘little ear’) pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. If it’s not dinner time, try Il Papavero with a plate of hard salami, crusty bread, and a good olive oil.

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