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PRIMITIVO

The red Primitivo grape grows primarily in Italy’s Puglia region, in the heel of Italy’s geographic boot. There, it makes black, fruit-filled, jammy Primitivo wines with low acidity and medium tannins. Recent research indicates that Primitivo, like the very similar Zinfandel grape in California, is a clone of an ancient Croatian grape called Crljenak Kaštelanski.

Pronunciation

[Prim-ah-TEE-voh]

Recommended food pairings

Grilled meats and poultry, sausages, pasta with red sauce, strong cheeses

Serving temperature

63-65°

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