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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 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 Rose Edizione 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Bright pale salmon-pink. Flowers, almond paste and strawberry on the nose. Bright and dense, displaying a juicy, peppery quality to the...
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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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Guido Berlucchi Franciacorta '61 Brut 750ml

Rated 92 - A blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Nero, this refined sparkler opens with heady aromas of white wild flower, citrus and a whiff of...
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Guido Berlucchi Franciacorta '61 Brut Rose 750ml

Rated 92 - Bright and savory, this refreshing, polished sparkler boasts alluring aromas of juicy raspberry, wild cherry, baking spice and a whiff...
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La Valle Franciacorta Extra Brut Naturalis 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Franciacorta Millesimato Naturalis Extra Brut offers a clean approach with a long succession of citrus, white peach, almond and...
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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.