In naming some of my most memorable wines, I would be lying if I didn’t mention the producer called “COS.” A Sicilian estate started in the ’80s by three friends who share a strong passion for wine, COS is actually an acronym for the first letters of each of the individuals’ last names. These two guys and one gal never fail to turn out high quality wines vintage after vintage, and the brand is most recognized by their use of short, squat bottles.
Recently I had the chance to drink COS Rami 2009, a blend of Inzolia and Grecanico, native white varieties to Sicily that usually fly under the radar. When was the last time you tasted these grapes or even a white from Sicily for that matter? Wines like this always intrigue me as they break the paradigm of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and other expected, commonplace white wines.
After drinking the COS Rami 2009 last weekend, I have to admit that I can’t think of a better Italian summer white. Whey you consider that it is always scorching hot in Sicilia and that fish is a staple, you get how it’s very easy for natives to gravitate towards this style of wine. Deliciously ripe and bright with exotic aromatics, vibrant acidity and a long fish, this is an addictive style of white. I am thinking grilled swordfish with a spicy tomato broth when I next drink this wine. I might as well dive into the Sicilian experience with gusto. COS wines have a reputation for excellence, and the Rami, which costs under $30, makes a strong case for why they deserve to grace the table of every wine lover.