Finally, there's a prison wine that won't make your stomach riot. Made by inmates and named for the Italian prison in which it was fermented, Gorgona is a 2012 white blend that's making its way to America this week to start a new life. Or just to be imbibed.
This first-ever vintage was produced through the Frescobaldi per Gorgona project, which teaches prisoners wine-making skills under the supervision of experts from the Marchesi de' Frescobaldi winery. Fifty inmates from Gorgona -- located on an island off the coast of Tuscany -- collaborated on this inaugural vino, and 1,000 bottles of the total 2,700 are en route to the US, where they'll retail for about $95 each. New Yorkers can also try a glass at restaurants like Del Posto, Il Gattopardo, and Felidia, all supporters of the project. We hear the stuff pairs perfectly with a nice ramen "spread".
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and is still reeling from the time she accidentally drank banana milk in 9th grade. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.