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Wine, etc.: Italian red wines a good match for what's on the grill

Wine, etc.: Italian red wines a good match for what's on the grill

Italian wines often get ignored in summer months as if there isn't anything refreshing among its sumptuous white wines. Even simple red Italian wines take a back seat to lighter red wines, such as pinot noir. What a pity. There are terrific alternatives to your usual plonk and at reasonable prices. Italy's pinot grigio has gained a lot of traction in recent years. Although its effusive fruit and lush character are attractive, we prefer the more subtle flavors of white wines from Soave, Orvieto and Gavi. These wines are made from less known grape varieties, such as garganega, grechetto and cortese. We also like verdicchio, a dry, medium-bodied wine with an interesting mineral...

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