Producer: Apollonio
: $17
Occasion: Washing down chocolate cake.

Located at the "heel" of the Italian boot, Salice Salentino is best known for red wines of moderate quality. While there are several great producers, Apollonio is one of my favorites. A great deal of care and craftsmanship is put into the wines, yet they still manage to remain affordable. Made from a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, these wines are full-bodied, elegant and flavorful with lots of dark fruit and a velvety texture.