Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro

Country: Italy
Region: Castelvetro
Grape(s): Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
Year: Non-vintage
Maker: Fiorini
Price: $15

It was probably this year that I came to the realization that wine with bubbles is for more than toasts and mimosas. I’m sure it’s a well-worn path for wine drinkers, fitting in somewhere with the decision that you can drink whites in the winter and that some reds are better just a little bit colder. In any case, new ground for me. And so I started drinking a lot more bubblies. Lambruscos, sparkling rosés, dry effervescent Loire chenin blancs. A lot of good wines. And I blame those wines on this decision.
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Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro

2014 Vermentino from Maremma Toscana

At a glance:

Country: Italy
Region: Maremma Toscana
Grape(s):Vermentino
Year: 2014
Maker: Le Chiantigiane

Price: Around 5 dollars

I recently took the longest vacation I have had in years, and over more than two weeks drank my fair share of wine. The first one I tasted (not including the rather generous plastic cups filled to the brim on my flight over) was a Tuscan Vermentino I bought for five euros at a supermarket near where I was staying.
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2014 Vermentino from Maremma Toscana

2012 Coste Della Sesla Nebbiolo

At a glance:

Country: Italy
Region: Coste Della Sesla
Grape(s): Nebbiolo
Year: 2012
Maker: Travaglini

Price: 15.99

A few weeks back, I was at the store, casing the joint for a nebbiolo. I’m cheap, so the Barolos were not happening, and the Barbarescos were off limits too. I walked up and down the aisles a few times, peering closely at the bottles, trying to find a bottle with the name I wanted and a price I could bear. After a few laps, I found one on a bottom shelf, nestled in the shadows – a nebbiolo from the Coste Della Sesla for under $20.

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2012 Coste Della Sesla Nebbiolo