Producer: Luigi Scala
: $18
Occasion: When hosting a party.

Ciró is believed to be one of the oldest wines in the world that is still produced. But despite its ancient heritage, Ciró is still fairly unknown. A handful of producers make red, white and rosé wines that are allowed to carry the Ciró designation, with red wines being by far the most common. Ciró reds are made from a local grape called Gaglioppo and, in the proper hands, the resulting wines can be very enjoyable. Luigi Scala's wines are more powerful than their light color suggest-they are ripe yet tart with a good tannic backbone.