A collaboration between Dario Serrentino, winemaker and owner of Mortellito Winery, and his importer, Portovino, this wine is part of the FUSO (fusion) series whose concept is to make, through collaboration with their producers, wines that represent the ‘daily drinkers’ of a region. ‘Cala’ is the word in the local dialect for grape and there is nothing in this wine other than grapes and a tiny amount of sulfur. This blend of 90% Nero d’Avola (the most prevalent Sicilian red grape) and 10% Grillo (an indigenous white grape) comes from the far Southeast corner of the island in the Val di Noto. Farmed organically, fermented naturally and aged in stainless steel, the wine is intended to be served with a slight chill, and needs a good amount of air to allow the ‘bottle funk’ to blow off, revealing dried and fresh strawberry and cranberry, grilled red plum and cherry and red tea. This is a very light bodied, yet intense wine that pairs perfectly with soft cheeses and dried fruits or pasta puttanesca.