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Discover Italy Wine Class

Featured Class:
Under the Tuscan Sun

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.

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Discover Italy Wine Tastings

In-Store Tastings

• 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

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Explore the World-Class Wine Regions of Italy

Learn the diverse styles of Italian wines and pick the perfect bottle for any occasion.

Tuscany Wine
Tuscany

Notable grape: Sangiovese

  • Tuscany is the geographic and metaphoric heart of Italy, home to Chianti and Brunello, among others.
  • Sangiovese is king. Sangiovese is called by many names in Tuscany, and produces a variety of styles from light everyday reds to intense and age-worthy collectibles.
  • Iconoclastic winemaker Piero Antinori wanted to create wines from non-native or international grapes and blends, and founded the so-called “Super Tuscan” category.
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Tuscany Italy Wine Region
Featured Wines

Tesoro della Regina Chianti Classico Riserva, Vasco Sassetti Brunello Montalcino, Casalino Chianti Classico Riserva

Casual & Everyday

Everyday enjoyment

Wines to try: Basic Chianti, value Sangiovese blends, the Rossos (di Montalcino and Montepulciano)

Tasting notes: Juicy and fresh with a touch of spice. Delicious and uncomplicated expressions of Sangiovese.

Total Wine tidbit

Total Wine tidbit: Look for affordable, entry-level wines from Brunello di Montalcino producers—these reds offer tremendous value for the incredible quality.

Great for dinner

Great for dinner

Wines to try: Chianti Classico and Classico Riserva, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscan blends

Tasting notes: Rich body and full flavors of red fruits and spice. Classic matches for hearty Italian cuisine.

Total Wine tidbit

Total Wine tidbit: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a well-priced alternative to some of the more expensive Chianti Classicos.

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Wines to try: Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Bolgheri

Tasting notes: Intense dark fruit flavors with rich tannins; sophisticated and complex.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Piedmont Wine
Piedmont

Notable grapes: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto

  • Piedmont, or Piemonte in Italian, means “foot of the mountains,” and the region’s abundant hillsides offer optimal terrain for vines.
  • Barolo and Barbaresco are classic wines from Piedmont made with Nebbiolo grapes.
  • Gavi and Arneis are fresh and delicious white wines produced in the region.
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Piedmont Italy Wine Region
Featured Wines

Rocca Felice Nebbiolo d'Alba, Rivata Barolo, Rocca Felice Barbera d'Alba

Casual & Everyday

Everyday enjoyment

Wines to try: Dolcetto d’Alba for red wine; Gavi di Gavi for white wine, Moscato d’Asti for frizzante and sparkling

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

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.

Great for dinner

Great for dinner

Wines to try: Premium Barbera d'Asti and Nebbiolo d'Alba

Tasting notes: Berry-filled and spicy wines well suited for a variety of food.

Total Wine tidbit

Total Wine tidbit: Nebbiolo d’Alba is a delicious inexpensive, everyday alternative to big brothers Barolo and Barbaresco.

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Wines to try: Barolo, Barbaresco

Tasting notes: Powerful, tannic and complex wines abundant in aromas like violet, licorice and spice.

Total Wine tidbit

Total Wine tidbit: Ask a wine associate to suggest a “modern-style” Barolo or Barbaresco, which require less aging.

Valdadige Wine
Valdadige

Notable grapes: Pinot Grigio, Glera

  • The production area for Valdadige wines comprises three provinces in two regions: Bolzano and Trento in Trentino-Alto Adige and Verona in the Veneto.
  • The cool climate is ideal for producing dry white wines, particularly Pinot Grigio.
  • The best grapes from Valdadige come from the terraced hillsides overlooking the valley.
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Valdadige Italy Wine Region
Featured Wines

Armani Pinot Grigio Valdadige, Tesoro della Regina Pinot Grigio, Armani Pinot Grigio Corvara

Casual & Everyday

Everyday enjoyment

Wines to try: Pinot Grigio

Tasting notes: Refreshing and expressive white wines offering apple and pear flavors with delightful floral aromas.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Great for dinner

Great for dinner or special occasions

Wines to try: Premium and single-vineyard Pinot Grigio, Prosecco for sparkling

Tasting notes: Medium- to full-bodied with flavors of ripe white peach, pear and minerals and a long finish.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Veneto Wine
Veneto

Notable grapes: Pinot Grigio, Corvina, Glera

  • Veneto is the largest of Italy’s northeastern wine regions.
  • Its northern location makes it a great source for grapes producing crisp, white wines.
  • The native Corvina grape is used to make the region’s most noteworthy red wines, such as bright Bardolino and Valpolicella.
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Veneto Italy Wine Region
Featured Wines

Santi Nello Prosecco Valdobbiadene, Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso Capitel Della Crosara, Armani Prosecco

Casual & Everyday

Everyday enjoyment

Wines to try: Valpolicella and Bardolino for red wines; Soave, Soave Classico and Pinot Grigio delle Venezie for white wines; Prosecco for sparkling

Tasting notes: Tart, light and cherry-filled red wines; dry and fresh white wines; refreshing and fun sparkling wines.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Great for dinner

Great for dinner

Wines to try: Valpolicella Superiore or Ripasso for reds wines; Prosecco for sparkling

Tasting notes: Full-bodied, dark-fruited and richly tannic red wines; toasty, lively sparkling wines.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Wines to try:Amarone della Valpolicella for red wine; Soave Classico for white wine

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

Total Wine tidbit: Soave Classico is a wonderful alternative to unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.

Southern Italy Wine
Southern Italy

Notable grapes: Negroamaro, Primitivo, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Inzolia, Falanghina, Fiano

  • Southern Italy stretches south of Rome through the toe and heel of the country’s famous boot.
  • This region has produced excellent wines since the Greeks crossed the seas and planted vines 3,000 years ago.
  • The warm and sunny climate helps produce rich, ripe and flavorful red wines and aromatic white wines.
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Southern Italy Wine Region
Featured Wines

Dolia Vermentino di Sardegna, Terramore Organic Nero d'Avola, Kaila Nero d'Avola Sicila

Casual & Everyday

Everyday enjoyment

Wines to try: Salice Salentino, Salento, Copertino for red wines; Inzolia, Fiano de Avellino for white wines

Tasting notes: Deeply colored red wines ranging from rich and juicy to full-bodied. Citrusy and fruit-forward white wines.

Total Wine tidbit

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.

Great for dinner

Great for dinner

Wines to try: Aglianico del Vulture, Nero d’Avola

Tasting notes: Full-bodied red wines with concentrated dark-fruit flavors.

Total Wine tidbit

Total Wine tidbit: For its price, Nero d’Avola over-delivers with exhilarating aromas and rich, dark fruit flavors.

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Wines to try: Aglianico del Vulture Riserva, Taurasi for red wines; Greco di Tufo, Fiano de Avellino for white wines

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

Total Wine tidbit: Aglianico is sometimes called the “Barolo of the south” for its luscious aromas and elegant flavors.