Wine of the week: Feudo Zirtari Sicilia Bianco 2018

Feudo Zirtari Sicilia BiancoThe Feudo Zirtari Sicilia Bianco is a $10 Sicilian white blend that reminds me why I like Sicilian wine

The pandemic has limited my ability to find terrific cheap Italian wine, since I don’t get to Jimmy’s, Dallas’ legendary Italian grocery, as often as I used to. Fortunately, I was able to find the Zirtari Sicilia Bianco white blend elsewhere; it has long been one of the world’s great cheap wine values.

And this vintage of the Feudo Zirtari Sicilia Bianco ($10, purchased, 13%) shows why that’s true. It’s made with a native Sicilian grape, insolia, and chardonnay, which leads to a whole greater than the sum of its parts. There’s some spice and a little green apple or pear fruit from the insolia, while the chardonnay fills up the background. This is kind of quality cheap wine I used to see a lot on store shelves, but that has slowly vanished. Not sure if it’s just more importer and distributor problems, or someone somewhere decided we’d rather buy $15 bottles of European wine designed by a focus group instead of $10 wine that tastes like it came from Europe.

Highly recommended. Chill this and drink it on its own (the spice is always a revelation) or pair it with grilled shrimp or chicken with lots of herbs.

Imported by SM USA

2 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Feudo Zirtari Sicilia Bianco 2018

  • By Evan - Reply

    Jeff, I found a large amount of this wine on closeout ($5!!) at a local grocer in the first weeks of the pandemic. The only challenge was that the vintages were a mix of 12, 13, and 14. Needless to say I stocked up. Some bottles were a touch faded or oxidized but mostly this was great wine for a song!

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Well done, Evan. I’m jealous. That all those old vintages were sitting around just makes me more certain the wine’s producer had importer or distributor problems in the U.S. Otherwise, the older wines would have been returned or sold years ago.

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