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Classic Italian Wines for Summer

Tyrsos Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
Varietal: 100% Vermentino
Producer: Contini
Region: Sardinia, Italy
Price: $11.99
The Contini family have been producing wine and handing down their passion for their Sardinian land through the generations since 1898. The great international recognition for the quality of the wine produced is evidence of the merit of every single bottle produced. The Contini winery is located in Cabras, in the Sardinia region of Italy.

The Vermentino di Sardegna Tyrsos is made from 100% Vermentino grapes. The wine contains the particular aroma of the area with a fresh Mediterranean fruity and floral taste. Enjoy pleasing aromas of pear, apple, almond, and pineapple. The wine has an excellent body with intense fresh flavors that are true to the bouquet. It can be enjoyed nicely as an aperitif, an appetizer, or to accompany fish dishes.

Cliffhanger Proprietary Red Blend 
Varietals: 70% Teroldego 30% Lagrein
Producer: Mezzacorona
Region: Trentino, Italy
Price: $12.99
Cliffhanger, which is produced by the wine-growers’ association and wine-production-powerhouse Mezzacorona, is a blend of 70% Teroldego and 30% Lagrien. The grapes for the Cliffhanger Vineyards wines “are produced from tiny vineyard plots located on and around the steeply terraced granite faced slopes, and ledges of the Dolomite Mountains in Trentino,” according to the company’s website.

The wine itself is light- to medium-bodied with excellent structure. Deep in color with notes of blackberry, black raspberry, and cassis. The texture is smooth and reminds us of Syrah and Pinot Noir on the palate. Cliffhanger is a cool, seductive wine from grapes that have been cultivated for centuries!

For the generosity of fruit and body, it pairs well with seasoned cheese, red meat, and game.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.