Join us as we take a tour of Tuscany, one of the most romantic and famous wine regions in the world. We will be talking everything from Chianti to Brunello di Montalcino and we will show you why it is so easy to fall in love with Italian wine.Classes near you
• Tastings held Thursday through Sunday 6/9-6/12 and 6/16-6/19
• Sample wines from the great Italian winemaking regions
• Get personalized Italian wine recommendations from our expert Total Wine team
Learn the diverse styles of Italian wines and pick the perfect bottle for any occasion.
Notable grape: Sangiovese
Tasting notes: Juicy and fresh with a touch of spice. Delicious and uncomplicated expressions of Sangiovese.
Total Wine tidbit: Look for affordable, entry-level wines from Brunello di Montalcino producers—these reds offer tremendous value for the incredible quality.
Tasting notes: Rich body and full flavors of red fruits and spice. Classic matches for hearty Italian cuisine.
Total Wine tidbit: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a well-priced alternative to some of the more expensive Chianti Classicos.
Tasting notes: Intense dark fruit flavors with rich tannins; sophisticated and complex.
Total Wine tidbit: Consider decanting your reds to open up the aromas and flavors in the wines. Decant for 30 minutes or up to three hours for full-bodied, older-vintage wine.
Tasting notes: Barbera and Dolcetto produce delicious and spicy red wines that complement casual Italian dishes. Gavi, made with Cortese grapes, is an apple-inflected and crisp white wine. Moscato d’Asti is floral and refreshing.
Total Wine tidbit: This region often labels wines with the grape name first, followed by the town in which it’s produced, e.g. Moscato d’Asti, Dolcetto d’Alba, Gavi di Gavi.
Wines to try: Pinot Grigio
Tasting notes: Refreshing and expressive white wines offering apple and pear flavors with delightful floral aromas.
Total Wine tidbit: Great wines from Valdadige offer more pronounced fruit aromas and flavors than typical Pinot Grigio produced in other regions. They’re well worth the dollar or two more.
Tasting notes: Medium- to full-bodied with flavors of ripe white peach, pear and minerals and a long finish.
Total Wine tidbit: Splurge on a bottle of Pinot Grigio from a world-class producer to experience the depth and complexity this wine has to offer.
Tasting notes: Tart, light and cherry-filled red wines; dry and fresh white wines; refreshing and fun sparkling wines.
Total Wine tidbit: Look for wines with “Classico” on the label—this typically indicates that the wines have been made in the venerable style at the traditional place of production.
Tasting notes: Full-bodied, dark-fruited and richly tannic red wines; toasty, lively sparkling wines.
Total Wine tidbit: Ripasso, a more robust version of Valpolicella, is made by passing the wine over the remnants of Amarone production, adding body and texture.
Tasting notes: Red wines can be intense with slightly bitter cherry flavors and aromas of dark fruit. White wines tend to be aromatic with flavors of exotic fruits.
Total Wine tidbit: Soave Classico is a wonderful alternative to unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
Notable grapes: Negroamaro, Primitivo, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Inzolia, Falanghina, Fiano
Tasting notes: Deeply colored red wines ranging from rich and juicy to full-bodied. Citrusy and fruit-forward white wines.
Total Wine tidbit: If you’re a fan of California Zinfandel, you’ll love the wines of southern Italy—it’s the birthplace of Primitivo, ancestor of the Zinfandel grape.
Tasting notes: Bold, tannic and full-bodied wines with perfumed aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice and mineral. Peach-filled and complex white wines with lingering finishes.
Total Wine tidbit: Aglianico is sometimes called the “Barolo of the south” for its luscious aromas and elegant flavors.