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There's plenty to take in round here, from the winding roads of the Amalfi coast, to the glamour of Capri and a day trip to explore remnants of the ancient civilisation at Pompeii. And whilst the Romans might think they've got pizza bragging rights, the province of Campania is home to mighty Naples. World famous for San Marzano tomatoes and also the epicentre of silky buffalo mozzarella, there really is no competition. The secret to the sauce? The sunny Mediterranean climate and the special volcanic soils of Vesuvius.
Red or white?
Local grape varieties of both colours are believed to have evolved from ancient Greek origins, so they know how to thrive in the heat of the Med. For inky wild reds with structure, tannin and depth there's Aglianico (al-ee-yah-niko). Whites are dominated by textural, nutty and fleshy Fiano from the little town of Avellino.
Aglianico is known as the Nebbiolo of the south, for its capacity to keep acid and tannin in these warmer parts. The best come from Taurasi and full bodied, savoury wines capable of ageing and evolving with some years in bottle. The most successful white is Fiano. Its honeyed florals and waxy style make it a great friend of the aforementioned buffalo mozzarella, as well as firm fish and salads. Special mention too to Greco, for its crisp whites with green apple, flint and citrus notes.
Aglianico, Fiano, Greco di Tufo, Falanghina
Quintodecimo, Mastroberardino, Feudi di San Gregorio, Pietracupa, Antonio Caggiano, De Conciliis, Petilia, Montevetrano
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Italian Drinking Dozen - Summer 2022
Looking at a map of Italy it is incredible to think about the diversity and distinctiveness of the wines that hail from its multitude of often breathtaking terroirs. The numerous and assorted climates from the warm southern coasts, the high altitudes of its northern reaches and all in between, provide a canvas for a majestic array of wine.
Add to that, Italy’s wine scene is as exciting as it has ever been with an assortment of indigenous varieties and wine styles that we are only just beginning to appreciate. This is a great way to explore all that this ancient country has to offer.
Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, new vintages and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Italy offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don’t forget to check back often to see what the latest version of the Italian Drinking Dozen has installed for you.$255.00 Regular Price $307.00