The Spectator says: “There’s a reason why people refer to the Italian way of being as ‘la dolce vita’—the sweet life. Of course people work hard there, and there are problems to solve. But Italians seem to have mastered the art of taking life one day at a time, and enjoying every minute. It’s no wonder that wine is such an integral part of the Italian lifestyle. Enjoying a glass of wine and a home cooked meal with family and friends—the Italian way—is guaranteed to reduce stress and increase the pleasure of life.”
Because I couldn’t agree more, we want to make life even easier for you and point out five extreme values (less than $11) that we have for you from the different regions of Italy.
From the northeast of the country, this light, fresh white wine is perfect as an apertif. Many do not realize that it's the most popular type of white wine in Italy. The acidity is really mild, making it a versatile pairing.
Rapitala Nero d’Avola
A classic, lush red from Sicily showing notes of blackberry fruit and hints of chocolate, with a balanced and elegant finish. It’s highly rated at 90 points by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Winner of the Best Buy award too.
Nobillisima Pinot Grigio
One of the best Pinot Grigio values out there, and you can find it only at Central Market. It compares favorably to the big names that are twice the price. From the Veneto region, this wine over-delivers as a crisp white. It bears hints of white flowers, pear and apple.
From the heart of Tuscany, this affordable classic Tuscan red is powered by the Sangiovese grape, making it a fruity, well-rounded red perfect for a hearty Italian dish. This is what you serve with a giant bowl of pasta covered in homemade bolognese or alongside that crispy Neopolitan-style pizza topped with chopped salami. This wine is made for Central Market by the famed estate of Castello Vicchiomaggio in Greve, Italy.
Prosecco continues to be a hot sparkling wine. If you love bubbles with a hint of sweetness, this is the bubbly for you. The famous wine critic Robert Parker of Wine Advocate calls this “an amazing prosecco.” He gave it 90 points. We use it in this Prosecco bellini recipe or—more often than not—drink straight from a flute.