Wine of the Day: Mille 1 Garda Rosso

With an approachable style, perfect for easy Sunday suppers, Mille 1 Garda Rosso ($21) red blend of Corvina, Rebo, and Merlot shines with freshness, and texture thanks to a touch of the fruit being left to dry after harvesting to concentrate the flavors in a classic “appassimento” process, as traditionally done for Amarone production. I love a big bold red wine, but I also like to have more than one glass of wine a night, making finding a wine with strength and smoothness a win-win. Blending robust Corvina with Merlot and Rebo, a crossing of the Teroldego and Merlot varieties, in the Lombardy region where the wine is produced, ensures power is softened with lightness, making it ideal on its own or with light antipasti or fresh pasta dishes.

Mille 1 refers to the 1001 mile journey from one end of Italy to the other, with Garda Rosso delivering juicy red berry, cherry, and spice with a hint of briny minerality and savory balsamic notes that give way to a medium-bodied, very dry palate with a silky finish.