Discover New Italian Wines

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Discover New Italian Wines

Taste and learn about three great Italian wines that many people overlook.

By Gasper The Wine Guy

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Starts on Friday, April 28 · 5pm PDT



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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Most of us know Italian wines because of the big two Italian red wine grapes Sangiovese and Nebbiolo as well as the most imported white wine into the United States, Pinot Grigio. We don’t always take the time to learn about the other 348 red wine grapes, and 149 white wine grapes that Italians use to make wine. With this wine tasting, we are going to learn more about three of them, leaving you with only 494 varieties left to discover!

We are going to start out with a Soave Classico. Made mostly from the Garganega grape grown in Northern Italy Soave is known for its melon and orange zest tastes. This wine pairs incredibly well with gnocchi, scallops, pasta Carbonara, white pizza, and risotto. If you want to pair some cheese, try Camembert, fresh mozzarella, or ricotta. I will be tasting the Ginni Soave Classico (widely available, $22.99 before discounts at Total Wine). If you can’t find that wine, feel free to try any other Soave Classico (make sure it is a Soave with the Classico designation).

We will then visit Sicily to taste Frappato, that grape that, along with Nero d’ Ovila is making Sicily one of the favorite regions for wine enthusiasts. This floral wine features blueberry, strawberry, and tart cherry flavors and aromas. With medium tannin and high acidity, this is an outstanding food wine. Pair it with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, salmon, tuna, cured meats, or ricotta cheese. I will be tasting the Azienda Agricola Cos Frappato (Widely available, $26.49 before discounts at Total Wine). If you can't find that wine, feel free to substitute any Frappato.

We are then going to travel to the island of Sardinia to try one of the most underrated wines from Italy, Cannonau. Cannonau is the name given to the Grenache grape on the island. It is deeply colored and fruity with rich strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. This wine has delicate floral notes and a touch of pepper. This wine pairs well with Italian sausage, pasta with marinara sauce, pizza, lamb, and any cheese made from sheep's milk. I will be tasting the Sella Mosca Cannonau Reserve (Widely available, $20.99 before discounts at Total Wine).

There is a $10.00 Registration fee to attend. The zoom link will be emailed the week of the tasting. If you enjoy the class gratuities will be accepted and appreciated through Zelle, Venmo, and PayPal.

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Organized by
Gasper The Wine Guy