Wine Of The Week (21)

One of my favorite things about Wine Of The Week (yes, I am allowed to have favorites!) is David’s ability to pick out cool unexpected wines.  Things that are unusual, that have a bit of mystique to them.  And this week’s wine fits the bill, as it is made from an obscure Italian grape called Pelaverga.  The wine is the 2008 Castello di Verduno “Basadone” and it is made from 100% of this noir grape.

But it’s not just the rarity of the grape that makes it interesting, but also its surprising flavor.  Our sommelier David describes it as “very spicy wine.  With the distinct taste of black pepper.”  He goes onto say that “it drinks like a pinot noir.”  Intrigued?  You can pick it up for about $25 a bottle.

Is this your first time checking out North On Harper’s weekly wine suggestion? See how it all started in In Vino Veritas and then check out the previous Wine of the Weeks!


  1. I love this. I am always looking for new wines to try. I am a frequent shopper at Trader Joe’s and get a kick out of finding great tasting, cheap wine. Im not against spending more than $10 on a bottle of wine, but I enjoy the challenge more than anything. :)

    This one sounds great. Is this wine readily available at most liquor stores/grocery stores? Or, should we try and find it in wine shops?

    I look forward to reading more on your blog. It’s great.

    • Hey Robin!!! First, Thanks for stopping by! Some of the wines we choose are more readily available than others. I always include a link to the wine online, so that it can be ordered as well. Just click on the wine name and it should take you there. I try to keep wine under $25— but the ones that cost that much are totally worth it. Thanks for reading NoH!!!

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