Flavia Rebellious Wines Straight from Sicily
In the (almost) year Small Wine Shop has been open, we have tasted many, many wines. Some make our shelf, some make our wine clubs, and a whole bunch fall by the wayside for any number of reasons. A few wines truly as they are embraced not only by us but also our customers. One label that caught on fire this year was Flavia, a winery in Sicily. There are a few reasons for this: all bottlings are liter-sized; low-intervention winemaking that focuses on what the grapes can do; and great value-to-quality ratio. This adds up to wines we all can enjoy.
Giacomo and Flavia Rallo
Giacomo and Flavia Rallo are the brother and sister team behind Flavia Wines. Their passion for work, excellent intuition, and commitment have led to the production of organic and natural wines, unfined, unfiltered, and with very low sulphite contents. Giacomo and Flavia spread the culture of good wine and quality products of the region by completely dedicating themselves to the creation of native Sicilian wines. These wines are an expression of the identity of a territory rich in traditions, flavors and aromas.
Giacomo and Flavia are the fourth generation of the Rallo family to work this land and make wines. Their great-grandfather Francesco Rallo moved to the Sicilian countryside in 1860 and began the processing of his first plots of land in the Baiata district. The love of this land and taking care of its present and future has been handed down from father to son for over 150 years.
Organic Wine and then some!
Today, all grapes grown for Flavia wines are grown in certified organic and practicing biodynamic vineyards. These two siblings believe producing fruit by organic/biodynamic means is better both for the wine itself and for the planet as a whole. This sustainable choice benefits the health of those now and for the generations to come. Giacomo and Flavia do not seek to have high yielding production methods. Instead, they focus on building the organic matter in the vineyard soil by eliminating the need for the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, and pathogens. By doing this, they are assured of making wines as natural as possible for consumers to enjoy and they are contributing to the protection and welfare of the land and its environment.
Flavia Wines: 1 Liter Wonders
Small Wine Shop currently carries three offerings from Flavia. All of these wines come in a
1-liter size that is perfect for sharing. They are lively wines, with great balance between pure, natural fruit and bright acidity. And they are wines with a sense of place. You can taste the soil here with its mineral richness, the juiciness of sun-baked grapes, and the flavors and aromas of the Sicilian countryside. Flavia is one of our favorite wineries and we hope it becomes one of yours, too.
The Wines of Flavia
Flavia Allè Catarratto Zibibbo
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape varieties: 80% Catarratto and 20% Zibibbo
Flavia Allè Catarratto Zibibbo is a liter bottle with hints of orange blossom, peach, and jasmine. The taste is intensely aromatic with a lively freshness.
Song: Ooh La La by Faces
5 in stock
Flavia Taillè Frappato Perricone
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape varieties: 50% Frappato and 50% Perricone
Flavia Taillè Frappato Perricone is a liter bottle with hints of cherry, blackberry, sarsaparilla, and plum linked to notes of cloves, olive, and licorice.
Song: Hard to Handle by Tom Jones
6 in stock
Meinklang Foam Vulkan
Region: Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
Grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese
Flavia Etna Rosso is made from 100% old-vine Nerello Mascalese grown organically on the slope of Mount Etna. Smoky dark juicy fruit, with notes of grilled meat and spice. A fantastic value as it’s in a LITER bottle, the ONLY wine in Liter coming off the volcano.
Song: Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More by Mudhoney
1 in stock