Live. Learn. Drink. Repeat



The old saw about learning something new every day reliably describes the experience of recreational wine drinkers.

Example: A thoughtful New Year’s Eve guest sourced us a bottle of 2015 Scaia Corvina (Global Beverage, $13.99). We’d never heard of it — didn’t know if corvina was a growing region, a grape or a car.

It’s a grape. It’s also a saltwater fish of the Sciaenidae family. But let us focus on the grape and let the learning begin.

The corvina grape is a black, thick-skinned varietal found in Northern Italy. It’s one of the usual suspects in light reds, such as Valpolicella and Bardolino. Wines squeezed out of corvina grapes tend to be bright, well-balanced and a little tangy. This Scaia corvina was all that and more. We liked it very much.

Corvina-bred wines also are fragrant. How fragrant? What follows is from the Scaia corvina website. Hold onto your hat (think tutti-frutti):

“Floral aroma of red roses and pansies, fruity aroma of cherries, sour cherries, plums, greengages, woodland berries, such as blackberries, red currants, black currants and raspberries.”

Perhaps you ask: “What’s a greengage?” Glad you asked. It’s a fine French plum. See? We learned something AND enjoyed a nice bottle of red. The whole experience would have gladdened the heart of the great sage: “Life is a learning experience,” Yogi Berra said, “only if you learn.”

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]