Etna, outside of Sicily, is better known as an erupting volcano than an appellation that produces fantastic red wines. But the Etna DOC offers big, juicy, smooth wines that come from its indigenous grape varietals, the most famous being nerello mascalese. Etna’s high altitudes and volcanic soil give wines a dry finish, ripe tannins, and mineral undertones that make them must-haves for a Thanksgiving feast. Try the 2006 Tenuta Scilio Valle Galfina Etna Rosso ($20) right now with a roasted chicken or turkey breast.
Big Reds from Mount Etna