We noted with delight back in March that a terrific red blend from the Puglia region of Italy (the heel of the boot) is making its way into increasingly more area wine shops.Tormaresca Nèprica is a blend of native Italian grapes negroamaro and primitivo (genetically identical to American zinfandel) along with cabernet sauvignon. It’s consistently good and a great bargain at its typical price of about $12 a bottle, but the 2010 vintage is on sale again for as little as $7.95.
Pearson’s in Glover Park has Tormaresca Puglia Nèprica 2010 on sale for $7.95 a bottle, marked down from an inflated regular price of $15.99, while Total Wine stores in Maryland (formerly Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel and Beltway Fine Wine in Towson) sell it every day for just $7.99.
At that price it’s worth buying by the case and getting the 10 percent discount to bring it to $7.19 a bottle, plus tax. (A better comparison than Pearson’s regular price is the $10.85 a bottle Tormaresca Neprica costs at Montgomery County Liquor stores.)
It’s still a great bargain at $8.49 a bottle at Total Wine in Virginia or for its more typical price of between $11 and $12 a bottle at Rodman’s, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits or Potomac Wine & Spirits in Georgetown. But Maryland wine drinkers have a rare opportunity to snag the best price in town on these terrific Italian values.
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