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Aldo Rainoldi Sfursat Fruttaio Ca Rizzieri 2015 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2015 Sfursat di Valtellina Fruttaio Ca’ Rizzieri is made from a special selection of Chiavennasca (or Nebbiolo) grapes that are...
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Aldo Rainoldi Valtellina Superiore Inferno 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - A sleek, minerally red, featuring smoke and stone notes finely meshed to flavors of dried cherry, rose hip and fig cake. Medium- to...
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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante 750ml

Rated 90 - Made with organically-farmed fruit, the non-vintage Franciacorta Brut Animante is a plush and textured sparkling wine that peels back...
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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Naturae Edizione 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Franciacorta Nature Brut is a dry and citrusy sparkling wine with tonic effervescence and steely acidity. This wine embraces...
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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Riserva Bagnadore 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, this opens with subtle aromas of toasted bread crust, mature pear and a note of wild herb. The...
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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten Edizione 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Pale straw-green. Vanilla and white flowers complicate peach and apple on the nose and in the mouth. Clean, juicy and sweet, boasting a...
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Bellavista Franciacorta Alma Cuvee Brut NV 750ml

Rated 91 - Anyone who thinks that Italian sparkling wines are always lighter and simpler than Champagne should try this substantial wine with pear,...
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Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Rose 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - A very sophisticated rosé with a rose-petal, orange-blossom and nectarine nose, leading into a wonderful combination of caressing...
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Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Teatro alla Scala 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - Deep, smoky nose, then a rich and complete palate that caresses and fascinates, candied citrus and toasty notes cascading at the finish....
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Ca' Del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige 750ml

Rated 92 - The NV Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Brut is packaged in a squat and transparent bottle. This beautiful sparkling wine shows a unique...
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Castello Di Luzzano Bonarda Pavese Carlino 2016 750ml

Bright, deep ruby color tinged with purple. Intense bouquet on the nose, with violet and spicy notes. On the palate it is dry and full-bodied with...

Italy Lombardy

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.

The beautiful north westerly wine region of Lombardy in Italy is home to many of the country's most characterful and well respected wines, most of which are grown on the shores of the stunning Lake Garda. The lake itself plays a vitally important part of the region's viticulture, as the climate around the river is cooler than in surrounding areas, thus tempering the heat of the vineyards and allowing the vines which grow there to ripen more slowly. For centuries, Lombardy wines have been considered amongst the finest in Italy, and today, the wine industry of the region is doing very well indeed. With wineries in Lombardy utilizing a successful blend of traditional and modern techniques, they are continually producing wines which express the excellence of the terroir the vines are grown on, and which contain fascinating and unique flavors and aromas.