Value Priced Wines from California’s Scotto Cellars

The Scotto family’s wine history started in Ischia, Italy, in the mid 1800s with Anthony Scotto Sr.’s grandfather, Salvatore Dominic Scotto. Like others in the village, he made wine for his family table and sold the excess to his neighbors, one of whom later became his wife.

He taught his first child, Dominic, everything he knew about winemaking, and Dominic followed in his father’s footsteps, making wine in his spare time while he worked as a ship caulker. In 1903 Dominic and his family immigrated to New York and eventually settled in a Brooklyn brownstone, not far from the docks where he practiced his trade on the wooden-hulled sailing ships. He also resumed his second career as a winemaker and sold five-gallon crocks of red wine from his horse-drawn wagon.

Anthony and his brother Sal bottled the family’s first American brand, Villa Armando, in 1948, and 13 years later they bought their first California winery. In 2004 Anthony III, who grew up around his grandfather’s winery, started Scotto Cellars. Their wine portfolio includes more than 30 labels, including featured wines from Howling Moon and Black Ridge.

Black Ridge Moscato, $7.99
The wines of Black Ridge Vineyards are styled to be food-friendly, ideal companions for a wide variety of your favorite appetizers and meals.

Black Ridge Red Blend, $7.99
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Merlot and Syrah.

2011 Howling Moon Pinot Grigio, $9.99
This crisp white wine is marked by delicate fruit flavors and spice aromas, making it perfect for sipping or serving with lighterfoods and snacks.

2009 Howling Moon Zinfandel, $12.99
Blackberry, red cherry and dark spice flavors make this an ideal companion for heartier foods including zesty pasta and almost anything grilled.

2011 Howling Moon Pinot Noir, $13.99
This Pinot Noir features rich blackberry and blueberry flavors accented by eight months in American oak. Serve with turkey, ham or mild cheese.