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Five Italian Wines & One Mystery
February 27, 2019

For a long time I have been telling people that if you taste two wines from completely different regions in Italy that you may not know which is which but you will always be able to say that they are both Italian.


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I maintain that this is because historically all native Italian grapes have been cultivated to contain the type of acidity that makes the wine perfect with food.

So tonight we’ll put this maxim to the test. The tasting will be blind and we will have five Italian reds and one red from somewhere else. The question will be which one of the wines is not Italian? Below is the list of wines. They are not listed in the order they will be tasted. The Italian wines are from all over the place from Sicily to Piedmont and are made with five different grape varieties.


2016 San Salvatore Aglianico Ceraso21; Mixed Case, 18.90; Case, 17.85

2016 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Estate20; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2014 Allegrini La Grola32; Mixed Case, 28.80; Case, 27.20

2017 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso21; Mixed Case, 18.90; Case, 17.85

2011 Chionetti Briccolero Dogliani23; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54

Mystery Wine22.99; Mixed Case, 20.69; Case, 19.54


???? Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $238

In-store only ???? Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $126


mix any 6- 11 wines for 10% off

any 12 or more for 15% off


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           - Peter Hemenway