Wine of the week: Tormaresca Neprica 2008

It's cheap and it tastes good -- so why don't more retailers carry the Neprica?

No wine better illustrates what American wine drinkers want than the Neprica. And no wine better illustrates how little the wine business understands about what American wine drinkers want.

In the two years I've written this blog, the two Neprica reviews are not only the most popular reviews, but they're the second and seventh most popular posts. And that the review of the 2007, which has only been on the blog for nine months, is seventh is even more amazing. That's just not supposed to happen.

And why do so many people appreciate the Neprica (about $12, sample)? Because it's cheap, it's well-made, it's food friendly, and you can drink it without a PhD in winespeak. It's a red blend of three grapes grown almost only in Italy, and it produces a cherry-ish, low alcohol, balanced wine that pairs with red sauce and a surprising number of non-Italian foods.

Yet, in many parts of the country (including the Dallas area), the Neprica is difficult to find. That must be because it's cheap, well-made, food friendly, and you can drink it without a PhD in winespeak. Heaven forfend retailers carry something people will enjoy drinking.

So find a bottle, pour it for dinner, and be glad that there are still some producers who care more about quality than hype. And, as part of the Wine Curmudgeon's birthday celebration, you can win a bottle of Neprica. Just leave a comment detailing why you like the wine. The best answer, as determined by the Wine Curmudgeon, gets a bottle and a cork screw to open it with.

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9 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Tormaresca Neprica 2008

  • By Web Mayfield -

    Because it is made with a grape I had never heard of and another grape I had hardly ever heard of (plus primitivo) and yet it was a yummy wine anyway.

  • By Jeff -

    You can buy this at Costco in California, and have been able to for the last year or so. I’ve seen two different vintages. Not hard to find at all, at least in California. And only 8$…really not bad for the price.

  • By Brian Stephans -

    Tormaresca just produces a great tasting wine that goes with just about everything I make. When I see it on the shelves at the local store, I always grab a bottle or 3. Also the coloring of this wine is very unique. All in all I don’t think anything beats for the price.

  • By Hampers -

    Thanks for sharing the Tormaresca Neprica 2008 review. Enjoyed going through your blog now like to enjoy this wine too. Seems to be economical. Keep on sharing some more reviews like this.

  • By Ryan -

    Many wines I taste and spit,
    while other wines I swirl a bit.
    To choose which wine next I seek,
    I read the Curmudgeon’s “Wine of the week”.
    He lets us know which wine to try,
    but never at a price that makes us cry.
    He tells us which wine is about to peak,
    without the use of pretentious winespeak.
    So, because he promised the next eureka,
    I’m going to try the Tormaresca Neprica!

  • By Emily -

    My roommates and I are a group of college, graduate school, and (newly-) working women in Madison, WI. Every week, we collaborate in cooking a “family dinner” that the six of us (and friends) enjoy. And every week, there is inevitably a bottle of wine on the table. Now, to your dismay, this bottle is often the local grocer’s “Three Buck Chuck.” Every so often, however, the roommate whose turn it is to buy the wine decides to throw in a few more dollars. Before we discovered the Tomaresca Neprica, these occasions were nothing to write home about. Sometimes the “better” wines were no better than the “Chuck.” Moreover, since each roommate is in charge of a different part of the dinner, the wine didn’t always go well with the main course…
    Bridget and Mona are known to cook with ample amounts of Basil and extra virgin olive oil. They have studied abroad in Italy and are nostalgic about the cuisine and wine.
    I prepare a lot of savory tarts and tapas; I’m a student of French and Spanish and made a point of learning about food and wine while I lived in France last year.
    Well, we discovered that the Tomaresca Neprica goes with most all of the fare we prepare. It was a joy to discover something with a full-bodied, complex flavor that is also easy to drink and not too alcoholic (hey, I have papers to grade after dinner). The wine is delectable for the price–it has a deep but fruity tint up front (plum-like) and a spicy finish.
    I highly recommend the wine and my roommates and I are genuinely thrilled that you’ve featured it. We invite you to family dinner any time, whether or not you are able to send us a bottle of the Tomaresca Neprica.

  • By Emily -

    Well goodness, I could at least spell the name of the wine correctly! It deserves better. ToRmaresca, not Tomaresca (Neprica).

  • By Jeff Siegel -

    Thanks for the wonderful comments. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Not sure how I’m going to choose.

  • By Beverley -

    All I want is a wine that leaves a memory of why I like wine… Tormaresca does that… It softens all the edges of an evening. It pulls you into a place where goodness seems to be in your hand. It doesn’t shout… it’s a pure honest wine. Why do I drink this wine? Taste the Tormaresca and you will find that this wine lingers. You know it’s made of grapes unfamiliar to your palate but it shapes it’s self into a pleasure that reminds you of vines and soil and colors of Italy.

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