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Sometimes it’s a good idea to get a little guidance in relation to choosing the ideal wine for you. While all of the selections available on our website are of an extremely high quality, we also recognise that there is also a wine for every occasion and an occasion for only a particular type of wine.

With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of recommended wines that we urge you to sample and enjoy.

Belisario Pecorino Terre di Chieti 2013

This wine hails from the relatively recently founded Cantine Belisario and is fast building a reputation as one of the better Italian whites that remain within an affordable price range.

This is the perfect wine for those who wish to combine economy with a top quality vintage and it will act as the perfect accompaniment to dessert or as a wonderful refreshment during a conversation with friends.

Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Cuvée Brut

A gorgeous example of a sparkling white, this wine is suitable for almost any occasion, be it as a gift to a friend or loved one as the perfect accompaniment to a meal.

The wine itself it a crisp blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, which means it maintains a refreshing zest which is complemented with a distinct hint of peach. The perfect aperitif and, in many cases, a fine substitute for traditional champagnes.

Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia 2011

A stunning red that is a real find for the true connoisseur. The Sassicaia has been lovingly crafted to ensure that it maintains a stunning aroma and wonderful taste, despite the fact that recent years have not yielded the greatest crop.

A gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this ‘Super Tuscan’ is best sampled alongside dishes such as lamb or prime beef, where its sweet and balanced flavour complements the more savoury aspects of the dish.

This wine is a truly complex and elegant example of fine Italian reds, evoking aromas of strong red fruits. Furthermore its production methods ensure a long shelf-life, meaning that you will be able to enjoy a single bottle for a number of years, should you decide to pick and choose the moments when you drink it.

Castello Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Anniversario 2008

This beautiful anniversary edition of Castello Monsanto’s gorgeous Chianti is ideal for almost any dinner party, featuring a beautiful deep red colouring, with aromas evoking thoughts of spices and wild berries. Most importantly, it is extremely smooth to the taste, with an elegance that belies its complexity.

This stunning classy red is made up primarily of gorgeous Sangiovese, ensuring that it has a lingering finish and an intense flavouring. It is perhaps best enjoyed with lamb, especially if you choose to garnish with a few select herbs and spices to better complement the plummy Sangiovese.

Tramin Unterebner Pinot Grigio 2013

This beautiful white still is ideal for any occasion, making the perfect accompaniment to a meal or acting as a wonderful refresher between courses. Alternatively, you could make it the primary focus of your evening.

This wine features an affordable price tag that belies that depth of quality contained within the bottle. It is well-rounded, with a slight acidity that really ensures that it stays with the taster. This one is best enjoyed at fairly cool temperatures and comes from the famous Tramin winery, which has more than a hundred years of history in the winemaking business behind it.

Planeta La Segreta Rosso 2013

An affordable red that offers a huge amount of quality at an extremely low price point. Tracing its roots back to the island of Sicily, this exciting blend mixes the local Nero d’Avola grape with Merlot and a variety of others to create a gorgeous and fruity taste.

Best enjoyed with a meat dish, where the fruity flavours offset the savoury aspects of the meal, this wine is still suitable for many occasions and makes the perfect daily drink for when you just want a good glass of red with a meal, without breaking into the more prestigious or well-known varieties of wine. Consume alongside a meaty pasta for best effects.

Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro 2009

Anther gorgeous and affordable red wine, this particular drink can act as a perfect contrast to the Planeta La Segreta Rosso 2013, ensuring that you can maintain some variety in your wine cellar without ever having to break the bank to do so.

Grown in enclosed vineyards, the grapes inside the Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro 2009 combine to create a rich and elegant wine that appears almost velvety to the taste. The Masi house is well-known for its double fermentation and unique drying techniques and all of the benefits of this dedication to innovation can be found herein.

Durnberg Traminer Altes Kreuz 2012

The choice of the true connoisseur and wine collector, this is a variety of white that must be savoured. Every single drop is precious and should be enjoyed slowly and only during the perfect occasion.

Sporting an extremely impressive balance, this is an elegant white that is a cut above almost all of the rest and is highly recommended to those who are looking for something just a little bit special to truly complete their wine collection. Be sure to serve slightly chilled to ensure you get the absolute most out of this vintage.

Of course, we have only highlighted a small number of wines in this list and there are plenty more available on the website. All of them have been specially chosen as they represent the highest quality Italian wines available today, however the vintages on this list are all worth a sample.

For those who would like to explore a little more and make their own choices, each of the wines we offer is accompanied by a wealth of information about what goes into it, where it was created and how best to serve it. Best of all, out specially selected experts also attribute a rating to each vintage so that you can check at a glance to see which we believe offer the highest quality.

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