It was a slightly gloomy day in Venice and it seemed like the two of us were the only ones in this magical place. After drinking in the quintessentially romantic city, walking on its cobblestone-lined streets and taking hundreds of photographs of the picturesque canals, we enjoyed relaxed conversation over warm classic Italian dishes at a local’s restaurant my Italian colleague had recommended. Her spaghetti bolognese was just what she had been waiting for and my spaghetti alle vongole quickly became my new favorite dish.  But what took the afternoon was the delicious, juicy, plum, deep tastes of the 2011 Casa Vinicola Firriato Santagostino 2011 IGT, Sicily, Italy.  The Nero d’Avola, known as the ‘most important red wine grape in Sicily’ blended as seamlessly as our day in Venice blended into our night. We strolled back to the hotel – laughing and holding hands under the moonlight.  Thank you Venice.EXPLORE:
2011 Casa Vinicola Firriato Santagostino 2011 IGT, Sicily, Italy, $17Contributor: Shehzad Huda; Masters in Biotech Georgetown, Law Degree from USC, M&A Attorney at a big firm based in San Diego, California.

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