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Italy

Italy is the world's largest producer of wine and has over 350 common native varieties to choose from. There are four wine regions in Italy; Northwest, Northeast, Central, and Southern & Islands.

The Northwest region consists of the Piedmont, Lombardy, Liguria, and Aosta Valley. The climate is intermediate to cool, which means the growing season is shorter. This makes the reds more elegant, earthy, and aromatic. Whites from these areas will shine with a bright acidity.

The Northeast is made by Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino, and Friuli-Venezia growing regions. The Adriatic Sea influences the climate to be slightly warmer. This leads to fruitier reds, and some of the best whites available.

The Central region of Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Lazio, and Abruzzo enjoys the warmth of the Mediterranean climate. Varieties like Montepulciano and Sangiovese thrive here, along with many other red wines.

The Southern region and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are the warmest regions in Italy. The warmth leads to a longer growing season and therefore riper grapes. This causes reds to have more ripe fruit flavors and whites have fuller bodies.

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  1. RJS Cru Select Sangiovese Wine Kit
    $147.99

    The pride Tuscany, the Sangiovese grape is famous for its dry, bright cherry character and tea-leaf notes, reaching to an expression of Tuscan sun and dusty rich earth. Sturdy and robust, with a tangy backbone of acidity and a slight spiciness from well-strung tannins, ageing uncovers its complex depth of flavour and will reveal notes of blackberries, prunes and vanilla. A complete food wine, pair this with pasta with sausage, tomato and mushrooms, polenta and black bean casserole, or truffled red wine risotto. Learn More
  2. Italian Super Tuscan Kit - RJS En Primeur Winery Series
    $199.99

    Created in 1971, the Super Tuscan style blends the fine, dusty tannins and tart cherry of Chianti with the bold, forward fruit and deeper grip of Bordeaux. Full-bodied and dry, with farm fresh raspberries, bright red cherry and blackberry fruit, licorice, and spice complemented by zesty acidity, and a long, generous finish, rounded out with black pepper, vanilla and sweet oak. Acidity makes this a natural with tomato sauces and tannin tackles any rich or unctuous food. Try it with Tuscan style pork roast, lamb shanks braised in herbed tomato sauce, or a wild mushroom lasagne. Learn More
  3. Italian Montepulciano (Selection International)
    $149.99

    Blackberry fruit flavors and spicy, peppery tannin levels. Montepulciano is smooth and mellow yet robust and mouth filling, with dependably high alcohol content. Learn More
  4. Winexpert Italian Brunello (Selection International) Box
    $159.99

    Italian Brunello is bold, yet supple, the big, smoky-earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant-like fruit gives way to a hint of tar and cracked black pepper, cedar, whiffs of licorice, leather, and also plums and black cherries, followed by a richly tannic, long, long finish. Its firm backbone of acids and tannins make it work well with rich and spicy foods like Italian sausages or lasagna as well as hard cheeses such as Asiago and Pecorino Romano. Learn More
  5. Italian Piedmont Nebbiolo with Grape Skins (Eclipse)
  6. RJS Cru International Italian Nebbiolo Wine Kit
    $114.99

    This classic is intense and medium-bodied. Luxurious flavours of dark plums and chocolate greet the nose, while hints of blackberries, toasted oak and spices on the palate are enhanced by the presence of GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins. Learn More
  7. RJS Cru International Italian Sangiovese Wine Kit
    $114.99

    This powerful classic is expressive on the palate with lively cherry fruit and a brisk acidity supported by ample smooth tannins. Our GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins and oak shavings provide a deep and lingering finish to this garnet wine. Learn More
  8. Sommelier Select™ Italian Rossa Ardente with Skins
    $159.99

    Italy's original 'blockbuster', these grapes are concentrated in the sun, increasing not only the sugars but also the amount of fruit and tannin from the skins. The aroma is rich, voluptuous, heavy and redolent of black fruit. Tart cherry and a gripping finish flirts with aromas of almond and toasty spice: this wine repays aging like few others can. Yield: 6 Gallons Learn More
  9. Master Vintner Sommelier Select Italian Pinot Grigio - 6 Gallon
    $149.99

    Light to medium bodied, this dry wine shows lime, pear, mango, and stone fruit notes, good minerality and hints of honey and almond in the finish. Great with lighter dishes: snapper, sea bass, oysters or salads with goat cheese. Learn More
  10. Master Vintner Sommelier Select Italian Montepulciano - 6 Gallon
    $149.99

    This classic Italian red wine is bone-dry and smoothly tannic, with a medium-high body, firm acidity and subtle cherry fruit offset by notes of herbs and mushrooms. It's velvety mouthfeel gets silkier and more elegant with ageing, and when fully mature it shows notes of vanilla and tobacco in the finish. Learn More
  11. Sommelier Select™ Italian Nebbiolo
    $149.99

    The mineral-rich marl soil of Italy's Piedmont produces grapes ripe, red fruit with deep ruby red color and a scent of rose petals. When drank young it shows dry, spicy notes and endless red berries. With cellaring the Italians say that it is 'like drinking velvet', for its polished, integrated tannins. Yield: 6 Gallons Learn More
  12. Italian Pinot Grigio - RJS En Primeur Winery Series
    $189.99

    This light-bodied refreshing white wine opens with citrus, floral and pear notes. An excellent harmony of fruit and acid create a crisp finish that reveals hints of citrus and green apple. Learn More
  13. RJS Cru International Italy Pinot Grigio Kit
    $104.99

    The deep apple and grapefruit bouquet will entice you. Apples and citrus notes follow through to the palate and linger with a dry finish. Learn More
  14. Italian Amarone - RJS Cru Select
    $147.99

    Our Amarone style is packed with rich raspberry, blackberry and cassis flavours. Deep, dark and inviting, the finish is long, lingering and full of ripe tannins. Learn More
  15.  Italian Nebbiolo - RJS Cru Select
    $147.99

    This medium-bodied dry wine has intense flavours of violet, cherries and cocoa. Undertones of toasted oak dominate the long finish along with dark fruit and firm acidity. Learn More
  16. Italian Pinot Grigio - RJS Cru Select
    $147.99

    An exquisite balance of citrus fruit and acidity is the foundation for this popular Italian white wine. The bouquet reveals bright citrus and green apple aromas with honeydew tones. Learn More

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