Ferrari Brut NV, Trento ($24.99) From 100% chardonnay grown at high altitudes in Trentino, this is one of the best sparkling wines in all of Italy. Made in the traditional champagne method, the Ferrari shows ripe orchard and stone fruits, as well as white flowers. Perfect with a charcuterie platter or pizaa.
Sella & Mosca Vermentio “La Cala” 2014, Sardinia ($11.99) Named after a secluded cave on the island’s northern coastline, this vermentino has intense aromas of citrus, with a refreshing acidity and minerality. Great with shellfish, sashimi, or branzino.
Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2013, Sicily ($18.99) A blend of nero d’Avola and frappato, Cerasuolo di Vittoria and its surrounding vineyards may be the most exciting region in Italy. The aromas are full of strawberries, red cherries, and the palate and finish are light and refreshing. A great red wine for the summer.
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany ($32.99) Owned by the Mazzei family since 1432, this classic expression of Chianti Classico has stood the test of time. Primarily Sangiovese and aged in partial new French oak, with aromas of black cherries, plums, and a hint of pine, this is a great red for summer barbecues and pasta.