Obscure Wine Grapes: Bargain Bin Bonanza

Piculit Neri, an Italian red wine made from an ancient varietal, was the first subject in a series about obscure wine grapes I started on this blog a couple of weeks ago. I was proud of myself for buying such a cool bottle of wine at Nundini's for under $20. About that post, a commenter named ragazzotexano wrote: "Phoenicia has it for $6. It makes for a great red wine at a BBQ." If I thought this smooth Italian red was a good deal at $20, I figured I better go pick up a few bottles for $6.

When I got to Phoenicia, I found myself in obscure varietal hog heaven. Winemaker Emilio Bulfon has revived several other ancient varietals besides Piculit Neri for his "Last Supper" label. Four of Bulfoni's rare varietals were on sale at Phoenicia for $6.99 each -- three for $18. Quite a bargain. Take advantage while it lasts.

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