No wine better illustrates what American wine drinkers want than the Neprica. And no wine better illustrates how little the wine business understands about what American wine drinkers want.
And why do so many people appreciate the Neprica (about $12, sample, available at Albertson’s, Jimmy’s)? Because it’s cheap, it’s well-made, it’s food friendly, and you can drink it without a PhD in winespeak. It’s a red blend of three grapes grown almost only in Italy, and it produces a cherry-ish, low alcohol, balanced wine that pairs with red sauce and a surprising number of non-Italian foods.
Yet, in many parts of the country (including the Dallas area), the Neprica is difficult to find. That must be because it’s cheap, well-made, food friendly, and you can drink it without a PhD in winespeak. Heaven forfend retailers carry something people will enjoy drinking.
If you’d like to win a bottle of the Neprica, check out my wine blog, where I’m celebrating the blog’s second birthday. Just leave a comment in the Neprica post detailing why you like the wine. The best answer, as determined by me, gets a bottle and a cork screw to open it with.