Autumn in Italy: Our Top Italian Wines for $25 or Less
by Anthony Lynch
For those of us lucky enough to have traveled to Italy in October, we know the Italian shoulder season is just as good, if not better, than the summer months. Missing the tourist buses and ships, anyone? Here in the Bay Area, we too are enjoying our typical late-season warmth, so the Barolos in the cellar will have to wait because there is still time to sip zesty whites and quaff bright, juicy reds through November and beyond. With that said, we’ve picked out a dozen accessible Italian wines in all styles—bubbles, crisp whites, light reds, and of course, a couple of brooding, earthy reds to serve with wild mushrooms and roast game for those who wish to jump straight to winter. Cheers, my friends, to seasonal changes, and may your glass stay ever full.
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A unique interpretation of chalky soils, wild Mediterranean herbs, coastal sea breeze, and Sicilian sunshine. Delicate, stimulating, and completely dry—it’s a ravishing aperitivo, but works with anything from the ocean.
In addition to Nicole Chanrion’s older bottlings, we’re pleased to offer more recent vintages straight from Guy Breton’s and Domaine Dupeuble’s cool cellars as well as a Brouilly from Alex Foillard with a little age. Like Chanrion’s Côte-de-Brouilly, these deliver further evidence that Beaujolais is not just for immediate enjoyment...
Of course, another reason to be cheerful is our annual Champagne Sale, always offered during this month of celebration, to help add POP to your revelry. Pour Champagne and share a moment of respite, a chance for all to say, “Life is good!” Champagne in your glass gives you a good reason to believe that.
Château Thivin has toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil with absolutely nothing to envy of the great appellations of Burgundy or the Rhône.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
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