Frank Cornelissen "Contadino"
Varietals: 85% Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Capuccio, Minella Nera, Allicante Bouschet, Minella Bianco
Region: Etna, Sicily
Retailer: Lou Wine Shop
Everyone always wants a pairing for Valentine's Day. Cheeses, pastas, the Bridget Jones franchise. Or the horrific "How about an article about impressing your date with wine on Valentine's Day?" emails from poor assistant editors doing their best, not knowing I am barfing all over my keyboard and now my space bar barely works.
I recently got into lingerie. I never thought this would be a thing I would be into. Imagining myself coming out of the bathroom one night decked out in Victoria's Secret with tiny little feathers on my tits and shit sounded like the punchline to a terrible sitcom.
But I met lingerie designer and Curriculum Vitae (CV) founder Christine Viviani this past December, and she kinda changed my life. One, she's just one of the dopest women I've ever met, and she embodies female empowerment. Like, I want to grow up and be her. And second, with 100% amazing design and 0% ruffly frills reminiscent of Austin Power's fembots, CV gave me strength. It gave me the power to embrace my sexuality. For myself. This wasn't a, "Oooh! Bet my man is going to looove this!" No. This was me being like, "I want to wear this. I feel sexy and good and I am excited to wear these things for me. "
And now I have the best Valentine's wine pairing of all time for you.
CV's Gemma Bralette & Claudia Bikini with Frank Cornelissen's "Contadino".
This Sicilian field blend smells like a fancy dessert cheese plate, with some bomb-ass cherry chutney devouring a slice of bleu cheese. And it tastes like smoky, spicy, juicy, rhubarb umami. Complex but light-bodied, you can't keep your mouth off of it. It's like drinking a very heated make-out sesh. It seems easy, and yet, it is elaborate, like an effortlessly intricate lace.
And I take it back.
This is not the best Valentine's Day pairing.
It's the best all the time pairing.
Why the hell would I tell you that you shouldn't feel sexy and drink delicious wines every day? Because you should! We all should! Seriously there is nothing better in the whole world! I imagine the happiest people on Earth are just living their truth in this pairing every day. Just CV and Contadino. Like that's how Rihanna must live, right? She must just be cruising around her yacht living this life.
THIS IS HOW I'M LIVING THE REST OF MY LIFE THAT'S FOR SURE.
AND YOU SHOULD TOO.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, AND HAPPY YO LET'S BE EMPOWERED BY ALL SORTS OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS ALL YEAR ROUND.
Tasting Notes: A hint of funk (that aforementioned bleu cheese) with an inviting woodsy warmth. Spicy but oh so smooth on the palate. Fuck your bath bombs, I want to bathe in this.
Ross Test: Hey, I went for seconds... and thirds...