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st # 77 MARCH 21 , 2016 one of the hidden treasures and red native grapes of Calabria that faced extinction. Wineries are working further on bringing this grape back into existence and are using it in blends or some are making wines with 100% magliocco. One of the DOC’s where this grape grows a lot is the Terre di Cosenza DOC. In other areas such as Scavigna, you’ll find it blended with aglianico and in Lamezia, you’ll find it blended with nerello mascalese, greco nero and nerello cappuccio. gaglioppo grape, one of Calabria’s most popular red grapes. According to another Italian wine lover and writer, Do Bianchi, “magliocco is a tannic grape with a wonderful roundness to it (when vinified monovarietally), good dark red fruit, and healthy acidity." Wine Searcher recommends pairing magliocco with spiced pork chops, braised short ribs and zucchini stuffed lamb. Mantonico Bianco grape A white native grape of Calabria, mantonico bianco produces dry and pasMagliocco shares very si- sito style wines. As a dry milar characteristics to the wine it takes well to barrel 76 | WE THE ITALIANS www.wetheitalians.com fermentation. You’ll typically find it grown along the coastlines of Calabria. DNA results have shown that this grape may be closely related to garganega, most commonly found in the Veneto region in wines such as soave. Described by Ian D’Agata in his book Native Grapes of Italy, “Mantonico Bianco wines are characterized by strong acid and tannin contents. The sweet wines are the best, redolent with honeyed tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Recommended by Wine Searcher to pair with mushroom soup, smoked salmon and zabaglione.