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    Viva Italia! - 2007

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          Our most popular collection, Viva Italia, combines six bottles representing the best winegrowing regions and varieties from Italy. Completing the collection is Slow Food's renowned guidebook: Osterie & Locande d'Italia ($29 value), published in English for the very first time. This comprehensive culinary and travel guide highlights the restaurants and lodging establishments that best reflect the local culture, character and flavor of the diverse regions of Italy. With glass in hand, plan the Italian culinary adventure of your dreams.

          Includes:

          • Slow Food's Osterie & Locande d'Italia book

          • Veneto: Anselmi San Vicenzo Soave
            Anselmi's highly sought-after wines are an established benchmark for Italian white wines. San Vincenzo is medium-bodied, dry and fresh, with notes of citrus fruit, pear and grapefruit.

          • Trentino: Cavit Teroldego
            This medium-bodied, dry red exhibits aromas of fresh raspberries and blackberries, supported by excellent fruit concentration and smooth tannins.

          • Campania: Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina
            Feudi di San Gregorio is Campania's premier winemaking estate. This Falanghina is crisp and elegant, with a lingering aftertaste of citrus and minerals.

          • Tuscany: Col d'Orcia Spezieri
            Col d'Orcia has a rich winemaking history that dates back to the 1700s. Spezieri exhibits strong aromas of spices and ripe cherries, and a harmonious and pleasant taste.

          • Manduria: Ognissole Primitivo
            This wine is soft and consistent, with an excellent balance of acidity and tannins. It is velvety smooth and closes with lingering sensations of cocoa and coffee.

          • Piedmonte: Marchesi di Barolo Maraia
            Maraia is infused with scents of wild berries and hints of vanilla. On the palate, it expands into a warm, robust flavor that is attractively assertive and well-balanced.

          Please note that due to the popularity of this product, we reserve the right to substitute like wines and vintages.

          Critical Acclaim

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          One of the most iconic regions of Italy for wine, scenery, and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano trailing far behind. Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines are produced in their respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, with the hillside locations hosting the best vines, as Sangiovese ripens most efficiently with maximum exposure to sunlight.

          Sangiovese at its simplest, often carrying a regional designation of Chianti or just Italy, produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. In top-quality Sangiovese-based wines, expressive notes of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise, tobacco smoke, and cured meat fill the glass. Brunello in particular is sensitive to vintage variation, performing best in years that are not too hot and not too cold. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, or Syrah, often grown in Tuscany’s Bolgheri region, with or without Sangiovese.

          Bordeaux Blends

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          One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

          In the Glass

          Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

          Perfect Pairings

          Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

          Sommelier Secret

          While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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