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Cusumano Insolia-Chardonnay Angimbe 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - A white with a white pepper and sliced apple character. Full body, crisp acidity and a clean finish. Always a delicious chardonnay blend...
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Planeta Carricante 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2012 Sicilia Carricante is a gorgeous expression with loads of aromatic intensity (a small percentage of Riesling is added). It...

2012 Italian White Blends Italy

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.