One never thinks of Italian wine makers as producers of high alcohol heavy wines and for good reason, they don’t. Neither do Italians think of their wines as apéritifs because food is commonly served with the wine. So the relationship between food and wine becomes quintessential to the experience. Being served a glass of Italian wine invariably leads one to thinking of what food should be served.
2016 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Valdadige
List price 19.99; Our price 16.99
Santa Margherita was the first company to vinify pink Pinot Grigio grapes as a white wine. In this process, the grape must does not remain in contact with the skins; otherwise it would take on a rusty color. The development of stainless steel tanks contributed mightily to the process. This dry white wine has nice aromas and bone-dry taste with an appealing hint of Golden Delicious apples. It is ideal with seafood salads or pasta and rice dishes based on fish and shellfish. Also perfect with white meats, boiled or grilled fish and soufflés.
2015 Pieropan Soave Classico, Veneto
List price 18.00; Our price 15.99
This wonderful Soave has a fresh, delicate bouquet with notes of vine blossoms and cherry blossoms. It is fresh & flavorful on the palate, very appealing & well balanced, with a pleasing bitter-like finish.
The Wine Advocate gives it a 90-point rating: "… a tight and elegant white wine from Northeast Italy. The Pieropan family has taken the lead when it comes to making quality Soave Classico wines. This beautiful expression shows that dedication with white peach aromas followed by pear, Golden Delicious apple, saffron and dried garden herb. This is a complete and bright expression with pretty mineral definition."
Volveti Prosecco, Friuli Venezia-Giulia
List price 16.00; Our price 12.99
This lovely sparkler made from the Glera grape shows notes of honeysuckle and crisp apples. It is a versatile wine that goes well with many dishes and performs admirably as a mixer. Try it with lightly sweetened purees of peach or strawberry spooned into champagne glasses and topped with Prosecco to make delicious and refreshing Peach and Strawberry Bellinis. The perfect addition to any brunch or small gathering!
2013 San Lorenzo Rosso Piceno, Marche
List price 14.00; Our price 11.99
This is a traditional blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese from Marche and the name refers to the people of the area before the Roman settlements, the Piceno. The “red of the people” is very pleasing and food friendly, having been aged in concrete tanks with minor wood aging.
2015 La Gerla Sangiovese, “Poggio gli Angeli”, Tuscany
List price 17.00; Our price 14.99
The Gerla has delicate, fruity and fragrant notes of cherry and wild berries on the nose. It is harmonious, velvet rich and fruity on the palate. The Sangiovese grape is the most widely planted grape in the Montalcino region and is the only permitted grape in the Brunello di Montalcino. So, think of this as a “baby Brunello”.
2014 If You See Kay, Lazio
List price 26.00; Our price 22.99
The 2014 Blend is made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 5% Syrah, and 5% Primitivo.
Yes, we pulled a switch on you. Unless we’re talking barbeque, this would not be a summer wine. The wine is dark purple to the rim, has massive ripe black fruit and rich spice aromas that hit you right away. Dense blackberry and mocha flavors dominate the palate; the mouth-filling texture is powerful, yet elegant and creamy all the way through. The finish goes on forever, with hints of smoke and grilled meat lingering at the end.
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