Evaristiano: Wine from the Heart

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of the hateful Levitucus cult that seems to have overtaken Christianity. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the aims of the Evaristian Community of the Sacred Heart: “giving assistance to abandoned and orphaned children and those stricken by poverty, and offering religious instruction, education and youth guidance through the parish network.”

What does this have to do with wine? Well, the beverage is mentioned a lot in the Bible, but in this case, the wine is the vehicle by which the community gets funds to finance its activities. Here’s a snap of the bottle of biologically certified Cannonau we’ve recently had the pleasure of drinking,
Evaristiano Aristo.

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Evaristiano Aristo: Cannonau di Sardegna

It’s doubtful you’ll find it in your store. But sit a spell and let me tell you the story of this wine.

We’ve recently spent a week in the town of Bauladu, a village of but 800 people in the Oristano province. Thirty years ago we took part in the excavation of the Bronze age village that surrounded the local archaeological treasure: Nuraghe Santa Barbara. We’d returned to see how the village has fared in these trying times. It was neat as a pin. The bar, where we went for our morning coffee, was alive with people who greeted us warmly. Unike thirty years ago, there are several places to stay in the village for tourists.

Things seem to be looking up—in down times.

It turns out that not only does the town have a brewery that produces excellent, though expensive, beer made from local and unusual ingredients like the unique honey made from cardoons grown in town, but the vineyards for the wine in the picture lie outside the nearby village of San Vero Millis. Furthermore the Evaristian Community of the Sacred Heart has some roots in Bauladu:

“The Institute has since expanded further, with several new centres being opened: the Community is currently active in the localities of Donigala Fenughedu, Putzu Idu and Bauladu in the province of Oristano, in Serramanna and Villasimius in the province of Cagliari.”

After meeting with Davide Corriga Sanna, the mayor of Bauladu, who drove home his point that the area around his village was perfect for Cannonau production, he handed us a bottle of wine as we prepared to leave his village. It was the wine you see in the picture above.

We had it a few nights ago with dinner. It was rich, full, complex and since I am not a wine writer I will leave you with the empty, sentence-draining, “fantastic!”

But you know what? It was great with the main course, but it was better with the dolce we had following the meal, the torta di sapa, a cake we had learned to make in Bauladu using Sapa di fico d’india, prickly pear concentrate, for sweetness, color, and flavor.

Despite being biologically produced, despite being a very fine wine, you can buy a bottle for a reasonable price. None of the Evaristiano wines sell for more than 15 euros.

The good things in life go together. Wine and food, caring and love, richness and charity, sweet grapes and prickly pear. There is a warp and woof to it.

Cin cin!

Evaristiano: Wine from the Heart originally appeared on wanderingsardinia.com May 14, 2016, © James Martin

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