Nov 13, 2022Living Wine - Puglia Has Never Tasted Better: Cantina Giara

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David's Living Wine Weekly Update

"Sure, there's bad Puglian wine on the market, but this one's great," is a phrase I'd hear often as an Italian wine buyer. Luckily, I'm an eager drinker (I was back then, too), and I don't roll my eyes at any bottle. In this position, I was introduced to some delicious wines from Italy's heel. Despite the region's notorious reputation for bulk and convention, there's a growing number of producers crafting exciting wines, using healthy fruit and low-intervention methods. At Living Wine, we're proud to carry one such producer: Cantina Giara.


Giorgio Nicasso's family has been working vineyards in Bari since the '80s. Today, he's dedicated "to making living, vibrant natural wines that express terroir" with organics and biodynamics. And that is what makes Cantina Giara wines extra special. Their Puglian spirit is enhanced, not compromised, by the low-intervention practices adopted by Giorgio.


The following two wines are almost out of stock:

Fatalità 2020 Puglia Bianco (Malvasia)

Late-harvest fruit from 35 y/o vines. Native fermentation and 9 days of skin-contact in stainless. Aged  6 months in steel, 6 in French oak. Zero sulfur added at bottling. Aromas of orange peel, preserved peaches, and white flowers, and dry flavors of crushed minerals, bitter almonds, and golden apples. $21.50/FL

Only 40 bottles available

Rosmé 2020 Fiore de Rosé (Primitivo)

Vines are 35 y/o Primitivo di Gioia del Colle. Native fermentation and 12 hour maceration in stainless. Aged 6 months in stainless. Bottled without added sulfur. Rich nose of sliced red cherries, green grass, and spice. Great salty character on the tongue, herbal and tart raspberry. $19.50

Only 36 bottles available

Please shoot me a message if you'd like to taste these wines! Even if you need to wait until after the holidays, let me know if you're interested!

Take a peak at what I'll have in my bag this week!

Domaine Mayoussier 2019 Le Culotté de Mayoussier - Isère


This steel aged Souvignon Blanc/Roussanne blend is deceptively brisk and nimble. Fragrant, with mixed fruits of firm apple and zippy citrus, this white has quick acidity and a refreshing texture.



$18/3 cases


Forti del Vento 2017 Ottotori - Piedmont


A "zero-zero" wine from Ovada. This Dolcetto is earthy and mineral in profile. Full of dark, dried plums and berries, with a healthy dash of garden soil and green herbs. Great drive on the palate - an elegant version of this grape while still being unique and "natural" in character.



$14.50/3 cases

$14.00/5 cases

De la Soif 2021 Rouge - California


One of my favorite wines to bring around, there is so much verve to this Carignan/Barbera blend. High-toned, wild red fruits on the nose and tongue, this is a perfect wine to start off a meal... I'm thinking with cheeses, mustards, and jams.



$16.50/3 cases

$15.50/5 cases

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