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Sicily’s Chic Under $30 White, 56-Year-Old Ferrari, and Antinori’s Approachable Brunello
February 25, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Italian winemakers grow more than 2,000 grape varietals, and the range shown by Italy's 27,000 producers elicits a rich spectrum of fruit and terroir. Journalists often ask me if I believe Italian wine suffers from not having a single identity, and my answer is always the same: Italy's diversity is her identity and her greatest asset. Strange and oxymoronic as it may seem, diversity is the common element that binds Italian winemakers.

Today's offer embodies that diversity. I'm featuring three wines, all made from different indigenous grapes, and all coming from different regions: a Sicilian white blend of Carricante and Cataratto from Graci, a Brunello di Montalcino from Pian delle Vigne, and a vintage mono-varietal Primitvo Puglian dessert wine from Antinio Ferrari. The first bottle is a recent vintage of a surprisingly complex, seductive organic white; the second is a Brunello you can drink right now from my old friends the Antinori family; and the final is a 1959 wine that defies description. In all seriousness, I've never poured the Solaria Jonica for anyone and not blown them away.

None of these wines could come from anywhere else, and each illustrates what I love so much about Italy--the passion of its winemakers for its grapes and its land, the incredible skill these people have, and all the delicious ways Italian wines can taste. Make an incredible meal, pour these wines in the order I've laid them out for you, and feel your guests' appreciation.

Enjoy!
 

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Graci 2013 Etna Bianco, Organic, Thrilling and Under $30
2. Only At IWM: 
Ferrari's Fairytale 1959 Solaria Jonica
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Approachable, Stylish '08 Antinori Brunello
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Cheers to Franciacorta, Italy's Answer to Champagne
5. Wine Events: February/March Wine Tastings
 
  
My Best, 

  

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder

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Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica 1959 500ml
Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica 1959 500ml
Price: $159.00