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Italy, Off The Beaten Path

If you're looking for a classic Italian grape, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera will do the trick.

But if you're in the market for something different and exciting that will offer a new perspective on one of the world's oldest and most venerable wine landscapes, venture off the beaten path to Italian regions and vineyards that cultivate less familiar fare: Grillo, Timorasso, Moradella, and more.

You can do some of your own exploring at our tasting counter this Saturday from noon to 4pm as we showcase "Italy, Off The Beaten Path." We'll pour 6 fantastic hidden-gem wines—including 4 from Vigneti Boveri, an exciting new portfolio producer!

First, a little background on the latest addition to our Italian portfolio:

With humble roots in Colli Tortonesi dating to the early 19th century, Giacomo Boveri defines himself as a traditional winemaker. For five generations, the family has worked and perfected their vinicultural talents in the province of Alessandria in Northwest Italy.

And in their small Piedmontese corner, not far from the Langhe region, this special producer is playing a leading role in the resurgence of a special white grape variety: Timorasso.  

Together with other courageous winemakers, Giacomo and his wife Sara have thrown their passion into the variety, which yields what is perhaps Italy’s greatest white wine—full-bodied yet impossibly elegant, and made for longevity.

And while the estate's Timorasso wines exemplify their independent-minded approach to winemaking, it isn't the only unusual variety you'll get to taste this weekend.

We'll also pour three other Boveri wines—two made from Barbera and one made from Croatina, an underappreciated red grape—as well as a Grillo cuvée from Sicilian producer Nino Gandolfo and a Moradella-based blend from Mario Cavalli of Lombardy estate Piccolo Bacco.

Click here for more details on our off-the-beaten-path Italian line-up, including tasting notes and special pricing.