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April 01, 2014 |  Date Modified: February 16, 2015 |  285 Views  | By Marcia Frost
[ Drinks ]   Editors Pick Around Italy    

I’m back from Sicily and had some great wines by Donnafugata, Valle dell’Acate and Tasca d’Almerita. Italy still has even more to offer in other regions. Here’s a round-up of three other great Italian wines I’ve tried lately…

2010 Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella
This wine is from Valpolicella, within the province of Verona. It’s made from three common grapes in the area – Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%) and Molinara (10%). Together they produce a red which is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for one year and finishes with lots of tobacco and spice notes. 

Castillo de Poggio Moscato d’Asti
Whether you are starting the meal or finishing it, this is an excellent choice for a Moscato d’Asti. It’s a sweet white wine that garners its sweetness through the flavors of ripe fruit. Expect the peach and apricot to standout in this sparkler.

2011 Grecante Grechetto dei Colli Martani
Unlike the two previous wines, you won’t find any powerful fruit or spice in this wine. This is the wine that goes with everything because of that. Grechetto is a milder cross between chardonnay and viognier, grown in Central Italy. It gives you a wine with a bit of citrus, but not too much to overpower food.

And don’t forget the Corkcicle no matter what your favorite wine is. I got mine as a swag gift at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and I don’t know how I lived without it. You simply take this thick plastic stick with the cork on the end and put it in your freezer. Then, when you want a bottle of wine chilled, you take the wine’s cork out and put the corksicle in. Within a few minutes your red won’t be so warm, and a few minutes later your white will be chilled to perfection. It can be used over and over, making it well worth the $25 price. 

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