The Wine Curmudgeon loves Sicily. The island at the bottom of Italy produces quality cheap wine from grapes most people have never heard of. What more can one ask?
The Notorius is made with the grillo grape, which is native to Sicily and apparently has been used to make wine since before the birth of Christ. It’s most widely used to make marsala, but is increasingly showing up in table wine.
The Notorius is richer than I thought it was going to be, with more of a soft lemon flavor and not the usual harsher citrus common to poorly-made cheap Italian wine. That’s from a bit of oak aging, which gives the Notorius a richer mouth feel and more complexity than the usual cheap Italian wine. Highly recommended, especially for Mother’s Day chicken, fish and shellfish. This would really impress Mom if it's served with grilled shrimp marinated with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.