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Like Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli on their Italy Unpacked BBC series, we are going to take you on a whistle-stop tour of this country, albeit with less art, more wine and not as many sexy shots of Giorgio. Long story short, Italy has it all. New to wine? Pinot Grigio and Prosecco will ease you in with the country’s characteristic friendly warmth. Looking to explore something a little more complex? The likes of Gavi and Sicilian Nero d’Avola will take you gently by the hand, as you foray a little further.

Want to go for the top-end, old-school, age-worthy big boys? Pick up a Barolo or a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and gawp in wonderment  like a tourist in the Sistine Chapel. There are so many weird and wonderful grape varieties and regions, that there is always something new to discover.

But, just because they have it all, the Italians are no strangers to innovation. They are constantly promoting lesser-known grapes, like Nero Mascalese grown on Mount Etna in Sicily, (one delicious example of which is the Tenuta delle Terre Nerrelo Mascalese - coming soon) and are also having fun with the ‘noble’ grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay et al.)

The final word on Italian wine? It’s incredibly food-friendly (“claro!” shout all the Italians). Why does it work so well with food? Because it’s nearly always acidic. Doesn’t sound great, we’ll admit, but balanced acidity is a highly desirable thing, especially when pairing with food, as it literally makes your mouth water and cuts through oils, which most dishes contain. Without it, wine just can’t stand up to food which, we all know, would be una tragedia terribile.

Grande Vino....

  • Donnafugata SurSur Grillo 2018

    £17.50

    £17.50

    An Italian grillo bursting with tropical fruit, scents of wildflowers and a citrus purity that seems to go on & on.
  • Pecchenino Societa'Agricola San Luigi Dolcetto 2018

    £14.00

    £14.00

    A style of the region, this is a balanced wine with a medium body, and scented with fruits. It has delightful aromas of roses and blackberry and a dry finish.
  • Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    This is delicate, fresh ‘n’ peachy Pinot Grigio blush from Veneto is enough to make you don a tutu and skip around an Italian meadow.

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  • Aria Chianti Classico Italian Red Wine 2016

    Aria Chianti Classico 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Aria [ahr-ee-uh]. Noun. Def: an elaborate melody sung solo with an accompaniment... This is a fitting name and the defin...
  • Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2015 Italian Red Wine

    Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    It was that old cad, Hannibal Lector, who told Clarice that he 'ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti...
  • Capoverso Vino Nobile di Montelpuliciano 2015

    Capoverso Vino Nobile di Montelpuliciano 2015

    £29.00

    £29.00

    The Prince of Montepulciano wanted to throw a party, it was a Friday night and he felt like kicking back after a tiring ...
  • Chianti Classico Olinto 2015

    Chianti Classico Olinto 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    LL Cool J once told us not to "call it a comeback;" apparently he'd been there for years. Yet, we think that's a sham...
  • Chianti La Pieve 2016

    Chianti La Pieve 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Tania and Luigi Morinello, winemakers at Tenuta Moriniello, are perhaps the most prolific brother and sister team since ...
  • Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian ...
  • Denatile Grillo Chardonnay

    Denatile Grillo Chardonnay 2018

    £6.75

    £6.75

    Grillo - is that an Australian BBQ brand?! Actually, it's a native white variety to Sicily. In the past it's been mainly...
  • Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz Italian Red Wine

    Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Deep red in colour, rich and well balanced. The bouquet is fruity, floral and spicy, with hints of vanilla and tobacc...
  • Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2015
    Pinot Grigio is the ugly duckling of wine grapes, and people tend to forget what a good Pinot Grigio tastes like and ...
  • Chianti Classico Foho Riserva 2015

    Foho Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

    £21.00

    £21.00

    Ruby red in appearance with garnet highlights, Foho Chianti Classico Riserva is an intense and complex red wine. Notes o...
  • Gavi I Produttori del Gavi White Wine Italian

    Gavi I Produttori Del Gavi 2018

    £11.50

    £11.50

    A daydream-awakening pinch of oneself may be needed when you see the price of this smart little Gavi. However the rea...
  • Gemma Barolo Nebbiolo Italian Red Wine 2015

    Gemma Barolo 2015

    £24.00

    £24.00

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal...
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo DOP Manduria 2016 - *Web Exclusive*
    This dark purple wine has aromas of dark currents and ripe blackberry with hints of oak. Explosive flavours of sun-baked...
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo IGP Salento 2017 - *Web Exclusive*
    Intense ruby-red in colour, this full-bodied primitivo displays aromas of black cherries and prunes with hints of spice ...
  • Primitivo Borgo dei Trulli Saracena Primitivo - Italian Red Wine

    Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Saracena Primitivo 2017

    £14.75

    £14.75

    This rich Italian red is a bit like walking into your most-loved cafe. Not a grease spoon one, nor a super trendy one...
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2017

    Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2018

    £10.50

    £10.50

    100's of years ago when the world was ravaged by woolly mammoths, Greek philosophers and Brothers Grimm characters, i...
  • Nivole Moscato Chiarlo 2017 White Wine

    Nivole Moscato Chiarlo 2017 - Half Bottle 375ml

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Winemaker Michele Chiarlo named this wine Nivole after the Piedmontese translation for clouds. A fitting name as the ...
  • Pecchenino Societa'Agricola San Luigi Dolcetto 2018

    Pecchenino Societa'Agricola San Luigi Dolcetto 2018

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Nestled in the foothills of the most southerly part of the Alps in the green and fertile region of Piedmont, northern...
  • Pinot Grigio Della Rocca 2016

    Pinot Grigio Della Rocca 2018

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Della Rocca: it sounds like a kind of Italian strongman doesn't it? A muscle-clad, moustachioed hunk in silky red sho...
  • Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    We don't know about you, but we get mildly irritated when we see pretty-in-pink, butter wouldn't melt in their mouth-...
  • PNOI Nebbiolo Rosé 2017 - 500ml

    PNOI Nebbiolo Rosé 2017 - 500ml

    £18.00

    £18.00

    After a chance meeting on a sommelier course the founders of Val di Sole, Guiseppe and Kyriaki, bought a hectare of aban...
  • Querciabella Mongrana 2015

    Querciabella Mongrana 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are perhaps the ultimate wine power couple; they're like a Bordeauxian Batman and Robin...
  • Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella 2018

    £13.00

    £13.00

    You couldn't make up some of the things people did before joining the wine trade. Troilus Hoplite-Gryppe, head of Ken...
  • Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2017

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2017

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Just like in the tale of the little girl and the 3 bears, that served as a poignant allegory about deforestation and hum...
  • Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia 'Le Volte' 2014 Italian Red Wine

    Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia 'Le Volte' IGT 2016

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Back in the 1970s, the vineyards of North Western Italy were dangerous places. Gangs of Sangiovese were engaged in ra...
  • Tenuta Vigneto Di Campo Delle Strie Amarone Della Valpolicella
    For most mortals, tasting a bottle of Amarone, especially one of this calibre, is a bit like how we imagine the Sprin...
  • Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi 2018

    Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi 2018

    £14.00

    £14.00

    TV Highlights 09:00 : Meet the Benedectines. This week the Benedictines establish a settlement in Ge...
  • Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling thei...
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cantine Innocenti 2013

    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cantine Innocenti 2013

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine is made by former philosophy teacher Vittorio Innocenti, who lives in a medieval estate on a hilltop in rur...
  • Zensa Fiano 2018 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2018

    £12.00

    £12.00

    In another life, we would quite like to have been an 18th century Italian fisherman, sailing the coast of Sicily for ...
  • Zensa Nero d'Avola 2018 Red Wine

    Zensa Nero d'Avola 2018

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Zensa is the pronunciation of the Italian word 'senza', meaning 'without'. In this case it is to underline that this ...

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