Drinking and Pairing Taurasi/Aglianico with FoodAglianico, pronounced ahl-yahn-ee-koh, is a red grape varietal grown mainly in Southern Italy. The grape most famously produces Taurasi in Campania, and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. It is widely agreed that the word Aglianico is a corruption of "ellenico," meaning Hellenic or Greek, and that the wine was brought to Italy by the Greeks more than 2,600 years ago. The grape has been grown in Campania since ancient times and was a principal ingredient in Falernum, the favorite wine of the Romans. Aglianico grapes shine best in the high-elevation vineyards of Taurasi in Campania. Taurasi and Aglianico del Vulture are dry, deeply concentrated, high in tannin, and show lots of black fruit, tar, and earthy flavors. The wines can be long-lived and worth cellaring.
The cuisine of Southern Italy is known for its simple but full flavors. This is an excellent wine for simple meals of pasta flavored with oil and red pepper, followed by roasts of beef, lamb, and goat.
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