The primitivo grape, a close relative of zinfandel, is grown mostly in the southern Italian region of Puglia and is rarely seen outside of Italy. In fact, this might be the only primitivo wine we can remember seeing available commercially!
This particular wine from Il Valore is deep ruby red with tart flavors of blackberry and licorice. It holds up well with hearty meals like pasta with ragu, burgers with fries, and braised dishes. We also enjoy it as a simple drinking wine. A glass of this really warms you up on a fall afternoon!
Here in Massachusetts, this wine is priced at $3.99 a bottle - dangerously reasonable if you ask us! We believe it's carried nation-wide, so ask for it next time you're at a Trader Joe's.
(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)