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March 26th, 2015

These two stylish Italian winners from our 11th annual Wine Awards beautifully accessorize a rainy weekend dinner, and will keep you enjoying la dolce vita until the sunshine returns. They're both from the northeast of Italy, where the refined local cuisine draws from both land and sea.

 

 

 

Pieropan Soave Classico 2012

$24.99

Italy +18804*

*available in private wine stores  

One of the best interpretations of the garganega grape, this Soave from Pieropan is universally admired. The 2012 Classico displays flavours of almond blossom, honey, and thyme, and stony aromas. It's savoury and nutty, amplified by steely lemon acidity balanced by creamy, leesy weight. Fresh and inviting, it ends with a mineral force that comes from the volcanic terroir of the Soave region. Try it with Baccalà Mantecato (a classic Venetian spread of whipped salt cod), risotto with asparagus, or creamy polenta topped with garlicky sautéed prawns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monte del Frá Bardolino 2012

$17.99

Italy +283648

Think of Bardolino as a fresher, juicier Valpolicella. The grapes—Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara—are the same in both wines (as well as in Amarone, by the way), and they come from old vineyards near Lake Garda, in the Veneto region of northeast Italy. Boasting aromas and flavours of wild strawberry and red cherry dusted with spice, it's alive with vigorous acidity and personality. Mild tannins make it a great fish wine, and its adaptability and refreshment quotients are off the charts. Give it a chill and drink as an aperitif like white wine, or pair it with charcuterie, pizza, or wine-braised chicken.

 

 

 

 

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