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Saserello Bianco 2016
Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy

All that Heaven Allows (1955)
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

This Technicolor marvel from the master of melodrama, Douglas Sirk, is as luscious and flavorful as this ripe Sicilian white. Jane Wyman stars as a woman torn between social expectations and a newfound passion for her gardener, played by Rock Hudson. And thanks to Sirk’s visual style, her passion nearly leaps off the screen. Match it with a glass of this dazzling white blend.

THE WINE

Mario Ercolino’s Saserello red is one of our most popular wines from Sicily (or anywhere, for that matter). So, we were thrilled when he decided to make the ultimate white version. Mario crafted Saserello Bianco with grapes from some of his favorite vineyard sites, and the wine has debuted to an impressive 94-point rating from leading Italian critic Luca Maroni. Bursting with ripe peach, apple, and lemon blossom characters, this dazzling white will shine with fresh seafood.

THE GRAPES

Saserello Bianco marries grapes from the mineral-rich soils of western Sicily (key to the wine’s mineral-edged finish) and the cool southern coast (where sea breezes help grapes lock in freshness). International Chardonnay gives the vibrant apple and peach flavors, while tangy Grecanico (aka Garganega, famed grape of Soave) imparts elegant lemon notes. Local stars Inzolia and Catarratto (both traditionally used in Marsala) complete the blend, adding aromatic complexity and a luscious mouthfeel.

THE REGION

WM_MarioErcolino_vyrdAn island of ancient Roman ruins and breathtaking scenery, Sicily is also a treasure trove for wine lovers. This small island has more vineyards than any other Italian region and produces more wine than Australia, New Zealand, and Hungary combined. Traditionally, grapes were used to make Marsala (Sicily’s famous dessert wine) but today, big, modern reds and whites are the island’s new stars.

WITH FOOD

ital_prawnsmusselsoverlinguiniWhen it comes to delicious food pairings for this vibrant Sicilian white, we recommend turning to local cuisine. Saserello Bianco will be a perfect partner for traditional Sicilian fish stew (fish filets in a white wine and tomato-based broth) or spaghetti with clams and garlic. You could also try it with Mediterranean salads or creamy vegetarian pastas.

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