Bellissimo Italian Favorites Half-Case
6 food-friendly favorites from the vineyards of Italy
Uncork a smile with a 6-bottle selection of joyful, food-friendly favorites from Italy’s most beloved wine destinations, including Tuscany, Puglia, and Asti. Includes complex reds like 2013 Cala de Poeti Maremma Toscana, and fresh whites like 2014 Bertoli Vermentino Toscano IGT.
2014 Abbazia Barbera d'Asti D.O.C.G. – Located in the rolling hills between Milan and Genoa, Asti is known for some of the world’s best wines and cuisine. The Barbera made in Asti is second to none. This elegant wine is full and dry, with firm tannins and ripe red berry flavors. While Barbera ages well, its youthful nature is especially exciting during the young stages of its bottle life.
Multiple Award Winner: 92-point Gold Medal, 2016 Critics Challenge Wine Competition; Bronze Medal, 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition
NV Abbazia Cuvée Prestige Collio – Prosecco fans, take note. Our Cuvèe Prestige bottling from Abbazia is produced in the Charmat method, ensuring a refreshing sparkling wine with a complex palate of flavors and tiny, concentrated bubbles. It is fruity and pleasant, with a balance of golden apple and spring flower flavors on top of a dry finish. We can think of no better way to celebrate than with this sparkling wine made from Glera, the famous Italian prosecco grapes from Lombardy’s Collio vineyards.
Multiple Award Winner: 90-point Gold Medal, 2016 Monterey Wine Competition; 89-point Silver Medal, 2016 Critics Challenge Wine Competition; Silver Medal, 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition
2014 Cala de Poeti Maremma Toscana – Pour a glass of this complex, ruby red Tuscan favorite and savor intense, vinous aromas that lead into a dry, fruity flavor that summons cherries, blackberries, and violets. The soft tannins and persistent finish make Cala de Poeti Maremma the ideal pairing for highly flavorful foods like grilled red meat, lasagna, and aged cheeses.
Award Winner: 96-point Platinum medal, 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition; Gold Medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition
2015 Cala de Poeti Pinot Grigio – From selected hilly vineyards of Italy’s Venezie region, 2015 Cala de Poeti Pinto Grigio is a beautifully balanced white made from soft-crushed grapes. In the glass, it is an attractive straw yellow with greenish reflections. The bouquet is fresh and harmonious, offering notes of apple, peach, and hawthorn. Highlight this tasty Italian wine’s refreshing nature by serving it chilled with white meats, fish, and our favorite: risotto with artichokes.
Award Winner: Bronze Medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition
2015 Cala de Poeti Sangiovese Puglia – Sangiovese is the most popular Italian wine grape, and it produces what most consider to be the quintessential Italian red wines—think smooth and velvety, beautifully ruby red, and perfect with tomato-based Italian dishes. 2015 Cala de Poeti Sangiovese is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, and hails from Puglia, the olive oil-rich heel of Italy’s boot. This harmonious and fruity red will liven up any meal with its flavors of tart cherry and red plum.
Award Winner: 95-point Platinum medal, 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition; Gold Medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition
2015 Bertoli Vermentino IGT – Carefree as flowers thrown from a seaside cliff, this irresistibly fresh, light-bodied white has complex notes of peaches, flowers, sage, and rosemary. Pair it with zesty lime or garlic-seasoned dishes, and be sure to enjoy. Bertoli Toscano IGT Vermentino tastes like an outdoor wedding, perfect ocean breeze and all.
Award Winner: Silver Medal, 2017 International Eastern Wine Competition