Viva Italia Tasting!

With Special Guest Teresa Cloyd of Palm Bay International

Flight of 4 Wines: $12

2015 Mazzei, Belgvardo Rosato -

(Sangiovese, Syrah), Tuscany, Italy

Special Saturday to go bottle price - $18.99

2014 Bertani, Velante, Pinot Grigio

Veneto, Italy

Special Saturday to go bottle price -$16.99

2010 Tenute Lunelli, Ziggurat Montefalco Rosso

(Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Cab, Merlot), Umbria, Italy

Special Saturday to go bottle price -$23.99

2009 Bottega Vinaia, Lagrein

Trentino, Italy

Special Saturday to go bottle price -$24.99

A little ditty about Italy...

This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.

For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well. From