Traveling to Tuscany in Our Minds and Kitchens

We had big plans for more Italian wine travels last year and based on our conversations, you did too.

While nothing replaces the scenery, the food, the experiences, we have to make do the best we can. For us, that means constantly pursuing delicious Italian wines and planning the best dishes we can cook to match them. And daydreaming.

The last couple weeks we've been transfixed by the sun-baked rolling hills of Tuscany. And we've been chasing the last deals from the spectacular 2016 vintage. It lead us to these two "insider" finds from Montepulciano and Chianti Classico, with similar Sangiovese hearts. We love everything about them and know you will too. Keep dreaming and planning...saluté!

$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)

A wine that first captivated me on a warm September '18 morning outside of Montepulciano. Succulent crushed cherries and plums, hints of violets and Tuscan herbs, all evoking the warm Montepulciano countryside. A perfect pair for so many pasta dishes, roasts, or like me, when you're just craving a great glass of Italian red. It's delicious right when opened and holds up well over 2-3 days. 90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 5% each Mammolo and Canaiolo. - Marcus

$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)

Felsina restored the historic Pagliarese estate and now produces a wonderfully traditional Chianti Classico, including splashes of indigenous grapes Canaiolo and Mammolo. It makes a fabulous counterpoint to Felsina's Chiantis, slightly wilder on one hand with forest and herb tones but with delicious polished red fruits to carry it all. Once you open a bottle, it's pretty tough not to finish it–so drinkable and so versatile in the same way great Pinot noir is.