When mulling our options for the month’s best values from Italy, we wanted selections that delivered more than just affordability. Price is important, but in the end, we chose wines that excel in terms of versatility, craftsmanship, and (of course) sheer deliciousness.
CollelevaItaly | Le Marche | Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
From vineyards in the green, gently rolling hills of the Marche cooled by the maritime influence of the Adriatic Sea, this charming Verdicchio has been a customer favorite since our first vintage back in 2015, and not simply because of its affordability. It’s a do-everything white perfectly poised between richness and refreshment, with a pleasing, peachy viscosity countered by a crisp, herbal finish. Light enough to pair with salads, but substantial enough to accompany pan-seared salmon or a simple roast chicken.
The Rosso Pietro has always been an excellent value: an aged wine at a young-wine price. Pietro Arditi says that Monferrato’s vineyards, being slightly warmer than other parts of Piedmont, produce the fullest expression of Barbera. This vintage is all black cherry—on the nose, in the glass, everywhere. Forget sugar plums. You’ll have visions of black cherries dancing through your head. Pietro releases the Rosso Pietro only when he believes it’s ready, usually after a few years in bottle, and it always has a savory, balsamic note that patient aging reveals. (Plus black cherry.)
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