6th October 2019 by Rachel Wallhouse

Is there a country so stylishly creative as Italy? Italy has the world’s richest variety of individual wine styles, distinctive terroirs, and indigenous grape varieties. At the top end her wines have a vivacity, originality, savour, and flair of their own. The middle ground is what is most important, and these wines have already improved. In terms of geography, Italy cannot fail to produce good wine in great variety, if slopes, sunshine and a temperate climate are the essentials. So to celebrate what Italy has to offer we thought we’d pick 8 of our favourite wines and feature them in our enomatic machine. With lots of options open to try we have something for everyone, 3 whites and 5 reds. But hurry, we only have one bottle of Sassicaia and Gaja Barbaresco. When they’re gone, they’re gone! In true Italian style, we recommend drinking these wines with food. So why not come in, have a try and take a bottle home with you. The true genius of Italy lies in spreading a feast. In the great Italian feast, wine plays a role as vital as food.

Greco Di Tufo, 2017
Grapes: Greco
Region: Campania, Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Nugget of Usefulness: With some of the oldest wines in the area, these Semillon grapes originate from 1902 and 1936 plantings.
Tasting Note: Crisp fresh citrus notes, apple blossom aromas. Fresh acidity with flavours of crunchy apples and melon.
Serving Suggestion: Just enjoy!

Capitel Foscarino, 2017
Grapes: Garganega and Chardonnay
Region: Veneto, Italy
Alcohol: 13.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: The grapes are grown on a hilltop named Foscarino in Soave in volcanic tuft soils which adds a saline minerality to the wine.
Tasting Note: Grapefruit, melon and peach. On the palate there’s a softer round mouthfeel, with plenty of green fruits.
Serving Suggestion: Pan fried white fish, pan fried chicken.

Vecchie Vigne, 2013
Grapes: Verdicchio
Region: Marche, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: Some call Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi “the white Barolo”.
Tasting Note: Big, white flower aromas. Roast pineapple, nutty flavours, long finish.
Serving Suggestion: Roast white meats, stuffed pasta.

Vietti Barbera D’alba, Tre Vigne, 2017
Grapes: Barbera
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Nugget of Usefulness: Since 1974 certain Vietti wines have been dressed with specially-designed original works, inspired by the wine of that particular vintage.
Tasting Note: Gorgeous aromas, lots of black cherry and plum. With acidity and tannins well balanced.
Serving Suggestion: Meaty stews and pasta sauces.

Michele Chiarlo, Tortoniano, 2013
Grapes: Nebbiolo
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: Michele Chiarlo founded his winery in 1956 with one clear vision: acquire the best crus in Piedmont to make wines that express the essence of the territory.
Tasting Note: This is proper Italian wine. Lots of tobacco, tar. Bramble fruit, crunchy plum and cherry.
Serving Suggestion: Pigeon or Truffle Risotto.

Le Serre Nuovo, 2015
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: Originally selling as the second wine from Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove has now developed a following in its own right. First made in 1997.
Tasting note: Lots of bright red fruit, plum, dark cherry, blackberry. Quite full bodied, some savoury qualities.
Serving Suggestion: Rare roast beef. 

Sassicaia, 2012
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: The name Sassicaia means place of many stones and the gravelly soil has been compared to those found in the Medoc.
Tasting Note: Bright fruit, lots of blackberries. More fruit aromas at the beginning to show signs of savoury, leather and a hint of tar.
Serving Suggestion: Slow cooked leg of lamb.

Gaja Barbaresco, 2009
Grapes: Nebbiolo
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Alcohol: 14.5%
Nugget of Usefulness: The Gaja tradition started in 1859 in Piedmont. Five generations of the Gaja family have nurtured and built on the dreams of the previous generation.
Tasting Note: Juicy and sweet red and black fruit, such as red cherry, plum. Lots of tobacco, with fresh acidity and firm tannin finish.
Serving Suggestion: Wild Duck, pheasant, game dishes.

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