Italy has more than its share of world-class food products. Truffles, cheeses, sausages, hams and so much more abound and are core elements to Italy’s famous cuisine. In this section learn how some of the world’s most delicious foods are created in their native Italy.

Coming form Tuscany, one of the best wine regions of Italy, this rosso made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso comes from the Altesino and Velona vineyards. The wine offers a brilliant ruby red color and has a bouquet of ripened fruit as it is aged in large Slovenian barrels for a period of seven months. On the palate, the wine is round and well balanced offering cherry and plum flavors, hints of leather and a velvety finish. A great accompaniment to pasta with meat sauces, white meat and game casseroles.
   
A smooth and supple ruby red produced from the Sangiovese grape, this Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2008 is sure to please. Aged for 12 months in French oak, this wine is the younger sibling to the famous Brunello and as such can be considered terrific value for money. It has a full, soft and powerful structure and an excellent aftertaste too. This wine also has supple tannins and good acidity – ideal for the dining table! An ideal match with pasta, poultry, beef, and cheese.
   
A big and bold ruby red with an intense bouquet. This full-bodied Barbera d’Asti Ca’ di Pian is pleasing to the mouth and has a complex flavor. The notes of blackberries, plums, red cherries and flowers, are lively on the nose. Very pleasing to the mouth, with distinctive flavors that are silky smooth. There is also a hint of oak to the taste but this is very subtle and enjoyable. A very fresh wine that is laden with fruit with a nice acidity and perfectly poised tannins. This wine will grace any dinner table or just nice on its own with meats cheeses.
   
This elegant 2004 Barolo Nei Cannubi is a classy smooth and supple deep red wine that is dry with a firm structure. With gorgeous, silky tannins and luscious aromas that you will love, this wine is perfumed and aromatic. Floral aromas and subtle flavors of cherries, rose, and plum, this wine cannot be taken for granted – you will keep coming back for more and is a must for any serious Barolo lover. Coming from a great vineyard, the Einaudi family produced its best Cannubi in 2004 and so must be respected.
   
Lastly, the most expensive wine of our chosen five but one that is well worth trying. Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003 is from the estate vineyard of ‘Ornato’ owned by the Pio family based in Serralunga d’Alba which is in the Piedmont region about sixty kilometers southeast of Turin in northern Italy. A wine that has developed from the special microclimate of the region which has helped the grapes become rich with soft tannins. This fabulous deep colored red wine has a nose of intense fruit, raspberry, truffle and dried flowers. The mouth feel is of ripe fruit and hints of tobacco, chocolate, vanilla and pepper that add to the fine tannins that stick to the palate. This is a great example of a 2003 that will get better and better with age so patience is needed. Best from 2010 onwards.

 

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