Green pepper, rather than black, on the nose with hints of thyme in the background. Some blackberry notes but no great fruit and mildly herbaceous. Still, certainly a serviceable quaff in an everyday Italian. A good wine for spaghetti or sausage and peppers. Recommended.

WHO: Vini
WHAT: Primitivo
WHERE: Puglia, Italy
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: Approx. $12 (Media sample)

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Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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  1. Rosso Primitivo

    I would certainly recommend any Primitivo. I recently had the pleasure of tasting this variety and found it to be a great quaffing wine with a considerable amount of interest in every sip!