Utah Bites

Rapido Red Sangiovese

So I am happy this week to introduce you to a fun, inexpensive red wine from Italy called Rapido Red. It sells here in Utah for a mere $11.99.


Anyone who reads this column on a regular basis knows that I love a good wine bargain. Who doesn’t? So I am happy this week to introduce you to a fun, inexpensive red wine from Italy called Rapido Red. It sells here in Utah for a mere $11.99. 

It was the wine bottle label – a couple riding on a red Vespa – that first got my attention at the wine store. It’s an indication of the light, racy, fun wine that’s in the bottle. This isn’t a wine you’ll put away in the cellar to mature; you’ll want to drink it now. 

Rapido is a wine brand that was developed in Italy by Adria Vini, and jointly owned by Boutinot and Araldica Vini Piemontesi. While the winery’s mainstay is Pinot Grigio, Rapido Red is a wine made with Sangiovese grapes from vineyards in Puglia, the source of some of Europe’s most economical and interesting wines. It’s medium-bodied, a bit spicy, and loaded with red fruit flavors. Rapido Red is a perfect wine to pack in a picnic basket and drink at room temperature with non-fussy foods like pasta or pizza with red sauce, meats and cheeses, or a good ol’ burger. 



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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