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The Italian wines most loved by your fellow customers - with £10 off they're just £7.50 a bottle
These tasty Italians come recommended by our most reliable wine critics - you lot! Your smooth, silky reds are equally good with our without food. Cherry-soft Papavero is a light, everyday favourite Pillastro Primitivo oozes deeply concentrated black fruit and Ultima Edizione is a rich, multi-layered luxury. It's no surprise to see two Pinot Grigios here - Italy's famous for them! You've Villa Masetti from the grape's mountain-ringed spiritual home, plus an intensely flavoured Sicilian from Scipione Giuliani's stable of 'poppy wines'. Closing the case is Alessandro Gallici's Visionario - a traditional, multi-grape blend that's full of crisp citrus.
Selvascura' Principe Strozzi Toscana 2010 £95.88 (12 bottles), £47.94 (6 bottles)
A splendid red reflecting a thousand-year-old family heritage and Tuscany's most noble terroir
Selvascura, like many elite Tuscan reds, is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. The grapes come from prime vineyards in coastal Maremma, where the Strozzi family have owned estates since the 10th century. A little something to drop into the dinner conversation: the Strozzis were once powerful bankers, statesmen and rivals to the Medicis. Niccolò Machiavelli began his illustrious career in their employ and among their famous ancestors is one Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the 'Mona Lisa'. This dark ruby wine evokes ripe cherry and chocolate with satin-smooth tannins, and warrants extra effort in the kitchen. Maremma has been famous for beef since Etruscan times so bistecca alla Fiorentina or ossibuchi alla Toscana would be ideal.
Visionario 2011 £95.88 (12 bottles), £47.94 (6 bottles)
Refreshing, luxurious favourite from the Veneto hills, home to Italy's finest whites
The cool Alpine climate of the Veneto in northern Italy is perfect for creating crisp, aromatic whites. Many are made from Pinot Grigio, but this 'visionary' white is an inspired blend from Alessandro Gallici. Born and raised in Friuli, he knows the vineyards like the backs of his hands. For many years he was head winemaker at a top cellar in the heart of the region, but last year he decided to branch out on his own - and we were only too delighted to follow him. By combining the local Friulano grape with a number of international varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer, Alessandro has created a wonderfully aromatic wine. A refreshing apéritif, Visionario is great with food, too - trout with almonds, chicken or creamy pasta.
Champagne & Sparkling
Il Papavero Sparkling Pinot Grigio NV £47.94 (6 bottles), £23.97 (3 bottles)
Sparkling version of the world's favourite white, Pinot Grigio, from the great Scipione Giuliani.
Scipione's advantage over most winemakers is his lack of vineyards, as he is free to seek the very best grapes for the job at hand. For this sparkling Pinot Grigio he went to old friends with vineyards high above the Sicilian coast. With plenty of sunshine to fully ripen the grapes and with cooling sea breezes for guaranteed freshness, it's the perfect spot to grow grapes for flavoursome, racy-fresh fizz.As creator of the entire Papavero range Scipione has proven many times over he knows how to please. And this is tongue-tingling stuff - a moreish mix of rich pear and citrus, with the characteristic high-altitude freshness for which Sicily is becoming famous. Serve chilled on its own or with canapés, oysters, or fresh grilled sardines.
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