Wine of the Day: Livio Felluga Friulano; catch deals for Easter

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WINE OF THE DAY

Livio Felluga Friuli Colli Orientali Friulano Dry White Wine 2011, $25

Boy, this is a mouthful in more ways than one! Think spearmint, thyme, bitter orange peel and almond. This bone-dry beauty is served as an aperitif in Italy but what a great pairing with seafood. It has an herbal, bitter, mouth-cleansing quality that makes it most unique, enjoyable and a topic of conversation. Of course, it pairs nicely with fish, but also with nibbles like salami, prosciutto and other sliced meats. The grape is the classic Tocai, which had to renamed Friulano because of pressure from the European Union to protect the name of Hungary’s Tokaji. But to Italians, the wine will always be Tocai.

About that Bella Sera Red Blend reviewed earlier this week: Again, keep your eye out for it. It’s just now dribbling into the marketplace and it will land at supermarket chains because of its low price point. It’s a true pleaser for large groups and also comes in a 1.5 liter bottle.

Kroger deals: OK, OK, you have to buy four bottles with your Kroger card, but the holiday offerings this week are deep discounts: Cupcake Chardonnay for $7.99; Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, $10.79; Louis M. Martini Cabernet, $11.69; Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, $17.09. Look for deals at independent wine shops too. Merchant’s Fine Wine in Dearborn is offering  a savings of 20 percent off six bottles or more through Sunday.

Michigan Wine Country 2013: Be among the first to get your hands on the updated 68-page guide to the wineries in Michigan, which is available now as Michigan Wine Month approaches — and that would be April. Go to the Web site and request a free copy.

Michigan Wine Showcase: See previous blog for details. It’s April 15, at the Rattlesnake in Detroit. Meet Larry Mawby, below, of L. Mawby Vineyards.

Contact Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.

Larry Mawby will be pouring his new releases at the Michigan Wine Showcase, 6-8:30 p.m. April 15, at the Rattlesnake in Detroit. (Photo by Sandra Silfven)

Larry Mawby will be pouring his new releases at the Michigan Wine Showcase, 6-8:30 p.m. April 15, at the Rattlesnake in Detroit. (Photo by Sandra Silfven)