After two years, I finally found a bottle of one of my favorite Italian wines: Sangue di Giuda!
I first drank this sweet red at a little gelato shop about a week after I moved here. Each time I went back I always ordered at least one glass, but for the life of me I could never remember the name long enough to track down a whole bottle.
I finally found the bottle and I was pleasantly surprised that this is a very affordable wine, it only cost me about $6. They were charging 2.50 euro (almost $4) a glass at the gelato shop, so I think that is the last time I will be drinking there!
Sangue di Giuda (literally, Blood of Judas) is a sweet, mild red with a little bit of fizz (called frizzante). The low alcohol content means you can drink it in the middle of the afternoon and not worry about making bad decisions by dinner time.
I went hunting around google for some good info to give you about this wine, and what I found is that not many people drink Sangue di Giuda (maybe it has something to do with the name), or at least they don’t write much about it.
I did find this article:
Apparently, the legend is that the name came from friars who disapproved of the supposedly aphrodisiac effects of the wine.
Before I move on I have to rant a little here: the article describes the wine as encouraging “quaffing”. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much I hate the word quaff and all of its ugly little cousins (quaffing, quaffable, etc). Just say it is very drinkable!! Which it is.
Anyway, the wine is made near Mlian in the Oltrepo Pavese wine zone of the Lombardy wine region, with grapes like Croatina, which means “little Croatian girl”.
I drank my Sangue di Giuda chilled with dinner outside and it was wonderful, but I can also see how this wine would be a good dessert wine paired with some fruit (or gelato).
If anyone sees a bottle of this in the states please let me know where and how much, I am very interested to see if there is a huge markup because it is not well known.
Ciao for now!