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With the weather hitting 25 C and even more these days, my thoughts go on eating lighter but better. Simple but tastier foods. When it comes to the BBQ, I prefer grilled fish rather than fat steaks, seafood rather than hot dogs. But what really drives me nuts is eating grilled sardines.  Eating this humble and even sometimes unappreciated fish is a tradition of Mediterranean European countries such as Portugal and Italy.

To make grilled sardines it is such as easy thing to do. You marinate them in olive oil, lemon juice, paprika and cracked black pepper for a few hours. You fire up the BBQ and you cook them for 2-3 minutes until they are charred. Serve with a nice tomato salad and you get yourself a nice summer meal.

To accompany this feast, I might have found the perfect white. Pala I Fiori Nuragus 2013. available at the SAQ for the modest price of $16.70

Nuragus is a very old Sardinian grape and it is thought to either be native to Sardinia or to have arrived with the Phoenicians at some point in the ancient past.  It is Sardinia’s most widely planted white grape with approximately 8,000 acres devoted to it, and while it is grown all over the island (but nowhere else on earth), the main concentration of plantings are in the south around the town of Cagliari. Nuragus is popular with growers because it is resistant to a variety of molds and vine diseases while also being capable of very high yields. It has a number of colorful local nicknames like abbondosa (abundant), axina de poporus (grape of the poor), pagadepidu (debt-payer), preni tineddus (fill up the vats) and burdu (bastard). Other names include Malvasia di Luras, Nuragus Moscatello and Nuragus Trebbiana as synonyms, though Nuragus is not related to Malvasia, Muscat or Trebbiano, as far as I know.

Azienda Agricola Pala is a family domaine that has been making wine in Sardinia since 1950. Besides Nuragus, they also grow Nasco, Bovale and Monica and the famous Cannonau and Vermentino. All native grapes of Sardinia. Did i mention that those vineyards of Nuragus are 45 years old, thats old vine wines in my book.  I have to admit that the winery is pretty new to me, this is despite the fact that they have gathered quite the reviews in the Italian and International press.

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Pala I Fiori Nuragus 2013. SAQ Code 12391942. Price: $16.70

On the nose attractive aromas of yellow fruits such as peaches with sensual vegetable and mineral aromas. On the mouth, medium to full body. Very fresh with floral and mineral flavors. Crisp acidity with a very harmonious finale. Excellent quality price ratio. 93\100