“My grandfather and grandmother moved to the U.S. from Sicily in the early 1900’s,” she said. “They planted vineyards and overcame the challenges of the Great Depression. Their hard work inspired me to create wines of my own – wines that honored my family’s wine traditions and Italian heritage.”
HandCraft Artisan Collection’s 2011 cabernet sauvignon ($12.99) is a lush, structured varietal with an added surprise.
“The wines my grandparents served were field blends, a mix of several types of grapes,” Indelicato said. “Wine was simply a beverage to us, not something fancy to be fussed over. I wanted wines to be approachable, fruit forward and food friendly.”
She teamed with veteran winemaker Alicia Ysais in three years ago and Handcraft Wine was born.
The secret ingredient is a small amount of sangiovese, an Italian varietal, which was added to help soften and smooth out the tannins and enhance the plump layers.
Dark cherry, blackberry and spicy aromas temp the senses for a sip. Intense flavors of chocolate, black currant and clove forms enticing layers and a beautiful finish.
Pour this full-bodied selection with blue cheese, pork ribs with wine reduction or for dessert with slab of rich fudge cake.