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Amarone della Valpolicella (its proper name) is one of Italy's most illustrious wines. It is unique in that it is made from semi-dried grapes and, while most passito wines are sweet, Amarone is generally dry (i. not sweet). Wines, Red Wine, Alcohol, Bottle, Unique, Sweet, Meals, Rubbing Alcohol, Candy

Corte Giona Amarone 2012

Amarone della Valpolicella (its proper name) is one of Italy's most illustrious wines. It is unique in that it is made from semi-dried grapes and, while most passito wines are sweet, Amarone is generally dry (i.e. not sweet).

Barbera, Italy's planted grape after Sangiovese and Montepulciano, is a fun, uncomplicated variety that's native to Piemonte. Italian Village, Wines, Italy, Bottle, Fun, Italia, Flask, Jars, Hilarious

Bricco dei Guazzi Barbera d'Asti 2015

Exceptional red made in a small Italian village of just 100 people.

Appétit de France Merlot - Gorgeous aromas - Morello cherries, milk chocolate - leap from the glass, while in the mouth the wine is fleshy, with sweet tannins and rich notes of fruitcake and plum jam. Plum Jam, Cherries, Milk, Notes, France, Chocolate, Bottle, Glass, Sweet

Appétit de France Merlot 2016

Jammy, fruit-driven stuff that's perfect with pork.

The quirky, colourful Appétit de France range is immediately eye catching and memorable, each label depicting an animal that makes a yum food match for the wine in question - cow for Cabernet, pig for Merlot, salmon for Chardonnay and (here) lobster for Sauvignon Blanc. Yum Food, Sauvignon Blanc, Whiskey Bottle, Wines, Salmon, Cow, How To Memorize Things, Label, Packaging

Appétit de France Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sun-drenched Sauvie that's super with shellfish.

Imperious Tuscan made wholly from Brunello, Montalcino’s plump-berried clone of Sangiovese. Brunello Di Montalcino, Siena, The Locals, Alcohol, Italy, Drinks, Bottle, Dark, Rose

Trambusti Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Siena-based Brunello di Montalcino, Italy's first DOCG (1980, alongside Barolo), is one of Italy's (and the world's) most prestigious wines. Meaning 'little dark one', Brunello is the local name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried form of Sangiovese that grows in the area.

Luxury French red in a grand double bottle in presentation wooden gift box. Wooden Gift Boxes, Wooden Gifts, Chateauneuf Du Pape, Magnum, Wines, Wood Gifts

Château Maucoil 'Privilege' Châteauneuf du Pape 2010 MAGNUM (1.5l)

Château Maucoil 'Privilege' Châteauneuf-du-Pape MAGNUM

Within Italy, CF really only appears in the north (it prefers cool climates), and its distinctive green pepper notes have caused it to be confused with local Carménère on occasion. Stuffed Green Peppers, Confused, Bordeaux, Wines, Red Wine, Alcoholic Drinks, Italy, Canning, Cool Stuff

Tenuta Sant Anna Cabernet Franc 2014

Italy shows what it can do with the great grape of Bordeaux and the Loire.

Bright, thirst-quenching white with cooling scents of sweet lemon, mint verbana and pineapple, and a vibrant wash that shimmers with juicy pear and stone fruit flavours. Sunny style with oodles of succulent fruit - yum! Stone Fruit, Wines, Pear, Pineapple, Alcohol, Vibrant, Bright, Cool Stuff, Bottle

Tenuta Sant Anna Pinot Grigio 2015

Smart, sassy Pinot from top Friulian house Tenuta Sant'Anna.

The classy number that introduced the world to Italian white wine. Italian White Wine, Truffle Butter, Honeydew Melon, Lean Body, Truffles, Parmesan, Wines, Alcohol, Healing

Bricco dei Guazzi Gavi di Gavi 2017

The classy number that introduced the world to Italian white wine.

Uber-organic rosso made in the 'appassimento' style (i. like Amarone). Wines, Red Wine, Alcoholic Drinks, Bottle, Glass, Uber, Organic, Drinkware, Flask

Bucefalo BIODYNAMIC Montepulciano Appassimento

Uber-organic rosso made in the 'appassimento' style (i.e. like Amarone).

Although fully 13 varieties are permitted for use in (red) Châteauneuf, in practice most producers lean heavily on Grenache, with support from Syrah and Mourvèdre. Châteauneuf is certainly the world's most prestigious Grenache-based wine. Chateauneuf Du Pape, Candle Jars, Wines, Red

Château Maucoil 'Privilege' Châteauneuf du Pape 2013

Although fully 13 varieties are permitted for use in (red) Châteauneuf, in practice most producers lean heavily on Grenache, with support from Syrah and Mourvèdre. Châteauneuf is certainly the world's most prestigious Grenache-based wine.

Handsome *double bottle* of one of the world's favourite wines in presentation wooden box. Chateauneuf Du Pape, Magnum, Headspace, Wooden Boxes, Wines, Cork, Bottles, Surface, Base

Château Maucoil Châteauneuf du Pape 2014 MAGNUM (1.5l)

Château Maucoil Châteauneuf du Pape MAGNUM / As well as being impressive looking, magnums (equivalent to 1,500ml, or two normal bottles) are actually better for the wine itself, as the ratio of air in the headspace (the bit between the base of the cork and the surface of the wine) to wine is lower than that found in regular 75cl bottles; the result is that the liquid is less exposed to the ravages of oxygen, and so matures more slowly, evenly and elegantly.

Chablis Premier Cru (sometimes seen as "Chablis Cru") is an official classification of the Chablis region in northern France that refers to wines of higher quality than ordinary Chablis. Wines, France, Bottle, Food, Flask, Essen, Meals, Yemek, Jars

Château de Chemily Chablis Premier Cru Vosgros 2014

Chablis Premier Cru (sometimes seen as "Chablis 1er Cru") is an official classification of the Chablis region in northern France that refers to wines of higher quality than ordinary Chablis.

Better Half Pinot Noir, Marlborough - Youthful, fruit-driven Pinot with soft tannins and sweet strawberry and macerated cherry flavours underpinned by earthy mushroom, prune and sloe berry characters. Bold, perfumed and juicy. Sloe Berries, Better Half, Pinot Noir, Red Bull, Earthy, Wines, Stuffed Mushrooms, Strawberry, Perfume

Better Half Pinot Noir 2018

Better Half Pinot Noir, Marlborough - Youthful, fruit-driven Pinot with soft tannins and sweet strawberry and macerated cherry flavours underpinned by earthy mushroom, prune and sloe berry characters. Bold, perfumed and juicy.

The vibrant Appétit de France range is immediately memorable, each label showing an animal that makes a brilliant food match for the wine in question - lobster for Sauvignon, salmon for Chardonnay, pork for Merlot and (here) beef for Cabernet. Cabernet Sauvignon, Wines, Salmon, How To Memorize Things, Pork, Label, Vibrant, Beef, Range

Appétit de France Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Break out the beef for this lavish Languedoc Cab.

The colourful Appétit de France range labels each depict an animal that makes a gorge food match for the wine in question - salmon for the Chardonnay here. Salmon Cakes, France, Wines, This Or That Questions, Animal, Bottle, How To Make, Food, Flask

Appétit de France Chardonnay 2016

Gorgeously round and soft French white that's delicious with salmon cakes.