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Jancis Robinson's definitive book Wine Grapes revealed 377 different Italian wine grapes now in current use, more than in any other country. Just a few of the most enjoyable are listed here, but several of them are not commonly available and all are well worth trying.
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Already an established favourite with members, this is a delicious single-vineyard Gavi from the cortese grape which makes an attractively priced Italian alternative to white Burgundy.
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Nebbiolo is unrivalled as the finest red grape of northern Italy and takes is name from the fog (nebbia) that characterises the Piedmont autumn. With plenty of true nebbiolo character and good balance this is excellent
Fresh, clean white with hints of hawthorn and apple and a long-lasting palate. Made with 60% carricante and 40% catarratto.
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A delicious fresh fragrant barbera from Nadia Curto's small estate in La Morra. Her aim to keep her wine a natural expression of grape and terroir without any chemical interference in the vineyard, clarification or
Vermentino deserves its growing reputation as one of Italy's most rewarding white grapes, with generous fragrant aroma and full gutsy palate to match quite spicy food. It seems to thrive close to the sea, particularly
This ancient estate makes the finest Frascati we know, with a judicious blend of carefully tended local grape varieties, malvasia di Candia and malvasia di Lazio giving aroma, and grechetto and semillon adding body and
Full-flavoured spicy Soave with vitality and personality from the Coffele's hillside vineyards. The heat of summer assured full ripeness but cool nights kept the wine fresh though only a small crop this year.
Ripe and flavoursome Soave from Alberto and Chiara Coffele's hillside vineyards. This is gently spicy and deliciously fresh.
The most delicious example we know of this medium-weight red from beside Lake Garda. A delight.
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Ripasso is made in the Amarone style but at a fraction of the cost, by passing new wine through barrels to which lees of Amarone have been added. A rich and satisfying example.
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