Italy

I'm going to say it - Italy knows what wine is all about. Italy is purely about matching wine with food and regardless of where you are in the country, the winemakers totally get that. Sure, if you go to France they understand that relationship too, particularly in places like Burgundy and the Jura, but there are parts of France where wine and the local food have gone their separate paths. In Italy, even the most prestigious wines, still have that symbiotic relationship with the cuisine of the area.

From the north east regions of Friuli and the Alto Adige, where they make exquisite white wines, down to Sicily where the indigenous Nero d'Avola makes lovely darker reds, the diversity of this nation is outstanding.  At all points in between, you'll find unknown local varieties, more widely planted 'Italian' grapes and, of course, the more recently planted French vines - there is so much to try you could spend your life exploring Italian wine and still not learn everything!

My favourite producers

Di Ciacca | Marco e Vittorio Adriano | Agostino Pavia & Figli | Argiano | Tenuta Bichi Borghesi | Blason Wines | Brigaldara | Canneto | Masseria Cuturi | Cupano | Cascina Morassino | Castello della Paneretta | Cortonesi | Cossetti | Eugenio Bocchino | Forteto della Luja | Frassinelli | Cantine Paolini | Medici Ermete | Monte Santoccio | Noelia Ricci | Paolo Conterno | Giuseppe Quintarelli | Renato Corino | Reverdito | Vite Colte | Talamonti | Tenuta Sette Cieli | Pio Cesare

Araldica Barbera 2017 75cl
"A juicy red with aromas of blackberries, plums and black cherries. These characters follow through to the palate, which has considerable fruit weight along with soft tannins and a savoury spiciness. Refreshing acidity on the finish."  
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La Jara Organic Prosecco Frizzante 75cl
This is the "Prosecco of the Year" according to Matthew Jukes in the Daily Mail. While we don't agree with the Daily Mail about a lot of things, this I certainly do! Jukes says 'This is my favourite Prosecco and it's...
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Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso 2016 75cl
The name of the company comes from an ancient village that runs alongside the family vineyards, along the banks of the river Alcantara. Cottanera is led by the brother Enzo, and the children of the co-founder: Mariangela, Francesco and Emanuele....
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Cascina Morassino Barbaresco DOCG Morassino 2016 75cl
This is a tiny, family winery in one of Italy’s most prestigious regions. Roberto Bianco, a graduate of the highly regarded Alba Oenological School, produces typical classic reds from Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes. His philosophy is to focus on...
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Michele Reverdito Barolo Ascheri 2014 75cl
The wines here just get better and better, and the estate increases little by little as Michele and Sabina Reverdito take advantage of their ‘young vigneron’ status to plant/acquire more land. They have bought (respectively) 0.36 hectares and 0.125 hectares...
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Tenuta Sette Cieli Noi 4 2015 75cl
"This estate is just above Sassicaia on the Bolgheri hill. This wine (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot that spends 12 months in French oak) translates as "the four of us" - the four members...
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Pio Cesare Nebbiolo Langhe DOC 2016
Producer Note: "The sources of the grapes, enriched by a small proportion of Nebbiolo from the Barbaresco and Barolo region, provide body, structure and a long ageing potential. The fruit is intense and ripe but at the same time fresh...
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Cascina Morassino Barbaresco Ovello 2016 70cl
"Another stunning Barbaresco from Roberto Bianco at Cascina Morassino from the fantastic 2016 vintage. These wines have wonderful precision, purity and focus, wrapped in a very firm but refined tannic structure. Sweet red fruits, gentle spice and lots of juicy,...
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Only 2 leftCossetti Barolo 2013 75cl
Run by three sisters who inherited their passion for winemaking from their father, they make a series of brilliant wines that stand out as the benchmark of their kind. This wine is the star of their range.  
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Tenuta di Argiano Solengo IGT 2015 75cl
"Solengo is a modern, well-balanced and full-bodied wine. It is deep, dark purple in colour with a bouquet of ripe fruit, such as blackcurrants and blackberries, with a hint of toasted oak. It is smooth on the palate, with a...
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Pio Cesare Barolo 2015 75cl
Producer Note: "A classic style Barolo. Excellent structure, harmony and elegance. Soft tannins and balanced fruit. Approachable, but with a very long ageing potential. Barolo is a great wine, which should not be described as a “basic” or “regular” Barolo,...
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Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella 2015 150cl
Andrew Jefford describes this as "subtle and enticing, and with great harmony. Light and graceful on the palate, in a very classical style akin to ultra-traditional Barolo, aged to a great state of harmony and finesse. 95/100" - One of...
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