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Italy has overtaken France as the world’s largest wine producer according to data from the European Commission; 4.96 billion liters to France’s 4.62 billion liters. The two countries have long battled for the number one position, with the victory switching back and forth. Changes in growing conditions from year to year cause much of the growth variable in the wine grapes and, therefore, total production. Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world with more than one million vineyards under cultivation. (Spain is the number 3 producer and the US is fourth.)
2011 Toscolo Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany
LIST PRICE 17.00; OUR PRICE 14.99
The bouquet is reminiscent of pears, honeysuckle, freshly baked bread, white blossoms, citrus fruit; persistent, pleasing notes of almonds, with mineral undertones on the palate. It has good body and is crisp, fresh & elegant, with an appealing bitter almond finish. This lovely versatile wine serves well as an apéritif or with risotto, pasta, soups, eggs, omelets, fish, cheese, chicken, foie gras, beef ribs; we’re talking “versatile”.
2011 Toscolo Chianti, Tuscany
LIST PRICE 10.99; OUR PRICE 9.99
This is an all-around food wine to match first courses, red and white meat and cheese. It displays an elegant bouquet of violets and berry fruit confirmed on a soft, round, well balanced palate showing good body, fruity flavors and intensity. It received a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator: “Amazing quality for a simple Chianti. Beautiful character of sliced ripe strawberries and lemons follow through to a full body, with bright acidity and a silky finish. Firm silky tannins come through. Give it a little more time to come together. Shows the excellent quality of the vintage.”
2009 Salviano “Turlo”, Umbria
LIST PRICE 18.00; OUR PRICE 14.99
With a rich, pomegranate color, the wine shows complex and intense aromas of ripe fruit and jam. It is rich in body with soft, persistent tannins. The blend is 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. It shows complex and intense aromas with hints of jam and mature fruit. It is very soft and long lasting with great body. A small amount of the wine is aged in French oak barriques prior to blending and bottling for added complexity. Give this wine some additional aging, or serve now with hard cheeses, grilled or braised meats or with risotto. This full-bodied wine is the Umbrian answer to the Super Tuscan.
2009 Querciabella Mongrana, Tuscany
LIST PRICE 20.00; OUR PRICE 17.99
This quintessential expression of the Maremma region is fruity and intense, fresh and embracing. The wine takes its name from the noble family of knights depicted by the Italian Renaissance poet, Ludovico Ariosto, in his epic masterpiece Orlando Furioso (“Mad Orlando”). It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians due to farming methods employed. The wine shows: “Clear aromas of blueberry and light jam. Full bodied, with silky tannins and a citrus, plum and berry character. Rich yet balanced and very pretty. Drink now or hold.” (91 Points Wine Spectator)
2010 Speri Valpolicella, “La Roverina”, Veneto
LIST PRICE 20.00; OUR PRICE 18.50
The Speri family has owned La Roverina vineyard in the province of Verona for 5 generations. The wine is a typical blend of the main red wine grapes of Valpolicella; in this case Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%), Molinara (5%) and Oseleta (5%). It has an intense, ample bouquet recalling vinous and almond notes. It is dry, flavorful and structured on the palate, with a pleasing bitter nuance which provides for great food versatility. It is a magnificent table companion suitable for serving with all kinds of dishes.
2010 Silvio Nardi Rosso de Montalcino, Tuscany
LIST PRICE 25.00; OUR PRICE 19.99
The famed vineyard, Casale Del Bosco is comprised of 100 acres situated between 790 and 1,150 feet in elevation. It is planted to Sangiovese Grosso and is classified as Brunello di Montalcino and the secondary Rosso di Montalcino denominations. This “mini Brunello” shows ripe, wild cherry fruit aromas and flavors of leather and spice. It is medium-bodied and fruit-forward with a velvety texture and ripe tannins. Pair it with red meats or hearty pasta dishes.