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Amarone

$45.00 – Masi Costasera Amarone Classico DOC

What the Experts say: Deep purple ruby colour; rich, ripe, plummy cherry aromas and flavours with hints of chocolate, spice and earth; full- bodied with a firm, long finish. What do I think:  I repeat… If I only had one wine to drink for the rest of my life…it would...

Chianti

$28.60 – Ruffino Chianti 2018

What you can Expect: A few bucks more gets you Ruffino’s original wine, and one of the world’s most recognized Tuscan wines. The wine is extra dry, medium-bodied and well-structured. Enjoy aromas and flavours of chestnut, leather, rye bread and red berry fruit, with...

$20.95 – Pèppoli Chianti Classico 2018

What can you Expect: From one of my favorite Italian wine families, Antinori.  A food-friendly Chianti Classico made on the historic Pèppoli estate, whose vineyards date back to the Middle Ages. Feature’s cherry, currant, leather and herbal notes. Pair with homemade...

$15.95 – Leonardo Chianti Fiasco 2018

What do I think:  A little deja-vous, remembering the days we all liked to stick candles in the wicker wrapped bottles.  A solid Chianti for $16, nice little aroma with a smoother solid finish.  Well worth the extra couple of bucks from the Fiorini. What the Experts...

$14.95 – Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Vernaiolo DOCG

What the Experts say: Deep ruby colour; floral, cherry and sweet spice aromas; dry, medium-bodied with tart cherry and spice flavours, well balanced and a dry finish. What do I think:  Chianti goes with turkey – right? Chianti goes with pretty much anything!  Can’t go...

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Primitivo

$12.95 – Fantini Numero Uno 2017 Primitivo

Chocolate, plum, strawberry, forest floor aromas, a touch of smoke and even a little sweet lemon buried in this densely coloured, full-bodied Zinfandel (Primitivo in Italy). It’s a tad on sweet side, but it’s a characteristic that subsides with decanting. Quite a...

$16.95 – Masseria Altemura Sasseo Primitivo 2016

From the heel of the Italian boot, this deep, opaque ruby red Primitivo (Italy’s Zinfandel) offers a great price-quality ratio. The harmony is just excellent between the elegant tannins, fresh acidity and cranberry/prune/blackcurrant/plum/strawberry compote—all...

$11.30 – Luccarelli 2016 Puglia Primitivo

This deeply coloured Primitivo (Italy’s Zinfandel) is young and not that complex, but decanting still takes the raw edge off and lets the fruit and taste shine through. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, blackberry, strawberry, prune, spice and a little leather. Nice...

Ripasso

$26.95 – Zenato Ripassa Valpoicella Superiore 2015

I have never met a Ripasso that I did not like and that goes for the Ripassa in this case!  Might be the female version and similar in style to my favorite red – Amarone! What the Experts say: Ripasso wines are fondly referred to as ‘baby Amarone’ by some. Zenato’s...

$21.95 – Masi Campofiorin – Ripasso 2014

I have been drinking this Italian red for years.  Solid, full bodied, deep ruby red in colour with dominating flavours of cherries and red berry fruit – soft finish.  Great with just about any meal so no doubt that it would be just fine with the big bird too!