Falling for Italian Wines

Bold Picks for Autumn

 

Italy is on the menu this fall. Pair bold Barolo with romantic dinners, lively Lambrusco with weeknight pizza, and scintillating Sicilian wines with elegant and adventurous food pairings.

Bring a dash of Italia to every occasion with these delicious picks from our staff.

Nosiola “Fontanasanta” Foradori $48.99

It is difficult to describe this wine other than “lightning in a bottle.” Pour this bottle into a decanter to uncoil its wrapped, powerful flavors with notes of ripe persimmons, stone fruits, and egg yolks. Shazam! – Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Lagrein Reserva, Nusserhof 2011 $39.96

This Lagrein Riserva has little in common with the fruity and fresh Lagrein produced in most of South Tyrol. Nusserhof offers old-vine Lagrein from a parcel that has been in the family for hundreds of years. The profile boasts notes of dried blackberry, coffee, dried herbs, earth, and leather notes with smooth tannins. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Barolo Riserva “Bussia,” Barale $104.96

Single vineyard, organic, and ready to drink? Here is a great chance to get a great vintage of Barolo from a top producer and not have to wait for 15 years before enjoying it. – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Barbera d’Alba, Gigi Bianco 2013 $24.96

From one of Barbaresco’s oldest wineries comes this elegant, structured, easy-drinking Barbera. Low in tannins with smooth notes of strawberry and redcurrant, this ruby-colored delight is ready to enjoy now or in ten years. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

COS, Nero d’Avola di Lupo $26.96

A quaffable 100% Nero d’Avola with vibrant fruit notes of raspberries and dark cherries, matched with structured tannins and a backbone of minerality. Turn the refreshment factor up a notch by serving this wine with a light chill. – Keyana Shaw, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Terrazzi Alti $34.96

Nebbiolo planted at 500 ft above sea level takes this Valtellina Superiore to soaring heights. Notes of cherry reduction and thyme leaves with silky tannins. Exquisite. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Greco “Giano,” Ocone $18.96

Campania in Italy is one of the few regions where almost every wine is delicious. Bright, crisp, citrusy, with flavors of pear, almond, and a gorgeous streak of volcanic minerality, this Greco makes me want to break out the olive oil, garlic, and pesto. – Jon Miner, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Carpenè Malvolti Prosecco $16.99

Why should you drink this particular Prosecco? Five generations strong in Italian winemaking, the Carpenè family is responsible for creating this style of bubbly! And exquisitely delicious. – Bambi Ray, Wine & Spirits Consultant