This Saturday we are perusing representative varietals and wine producing areas of Italy from the Piemonte in the north to Puglia in the south and including Sicily and Sardinia. Other regions not represented here are equally important, but are the stuff for another day. The book Wine Grapes identifies 377 unique indigenous wine grapes in Italy. Add to this: 408 regional wine quality denominations, many of which have multiple permutations and you have an even larger number. To put it into perspective, says Wine Folly: “If you tasted a new Italian wine each week, it would take you 20 years to taste your way through Italy.”
2016 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna
List price 14.00; Our price 12.99
This happy and cheerful dry white wine shows peach, orange blossoms and some nuttiness in the nose. The palate is lively, fresh, rich, balanced and delicate. The lean nature of this fine wine is particularly suited to most seafood dishes and some white meat dishes. It received 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
2016 Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi, Campania
List price 20.00; Our price 17.99
God cried when he found a corner of Heaven stolen by Lucifer and where his tears fell, there grew the grapes that make Lacryma Christi, which translates as "tears of Christ." God knows who makes this stuff up. Made from 100% Coda di Volpe grown in volcanic soil, this wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve its unique, fresh profile. There are aromas of pear and other tree fruits complementing white peach and licorice. These elements continue on the palate along with minerality and good body making this a well-structured, food-friendly wine, especially with shrimp cocktails.
Valdo Prosecco Brut, Veneto
List price 18.00; Our price 13.99
The most famous sparkling wine from Italy is grown mostly in Veneto around the region of Valdobbiadene. A fine perlage and a fruity taste are the distinguishing features of Valdo's Brut Prosecco DOC. Well-balanced structure, matched with its flavorful and aromatic fruity fragrance make it the perfect pairing with starters and particularly with delicately flavored dishes and especially seafood. Apéritif service is highly recommended.
2015 Manzone Dolcetto d’Alba, Piemont
List price 18.00; Our price 14.99
Dolcetto is a juicy red wine with lower acidity that bursts with flavors of black plum, boysenberry, violets and sometimes mocha flavors. It often has bolder tannins. Here’s a modern, juicy Dolcetto with great acidity and balance. With notes of cherries and darker fruit, it’s open and pleasant and perfectly quaffable.
2013 TorreSanta Sparvieri Primitivo, Puglia
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
From the heel of Italy, this red wine explodes with rich, ripe fruit such as blackberries and blueberries. It finishes with leather and dried fruit notes and a hint of smoke. It’s the same grape as our Zinfandel and partners with BBQ burgers perfectly.
2015 Regaleali Lamuri Nero d’Avola, Sicily
List price 22.00; Our price 19.99
Nero d’Avola is a bolder red wine variety with fruity flavors of plum, raspberry sauce and licorice with fine tannins with a somewhat smoky, spiced finish. Lamuri offers lush aromas of black cherry, black fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and wild herbs. On the palate, velvety tannins and refreshing acidity make for an elegant, expressive, crowd-pleasing wine. It pairs excellently with rich roasted meats and veggies.
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