Italy is the most diverse wine country in the world where regions, parishes and individuals express themselves very differently. It’s the Italian way.

However, there is one thing that unites most Italian winemakers today and that is a commitment to quality. Reds that used to be thin and harsh are now more generous and flavourful. Some producers have pushed their wines too far in an attempt to copy the richness found in Aussie or Chilean reds, but, fortunately, most uphold the traditional Italian values of moderation and sense of proportion.

Most produce wines that don’t try to outshine food and conversation.


The wines above belong to this moderate category, and show a huge improvement over how they were a decade ago.

Masi Valpolicella is a younger cousin of the winery’s famous Campofiorin. Wine with exactly the right proportions for everyday meals and fun times. Lively with a delicious fruitiness and the “life is good” feeling. It’s a bright, modern wine as suggested by the smart-looking package. Let the party begin.

The hallmark of Tuscan reds is a tangy dryness. They make you hungry and they flatter the food once it arrives. Frescobaldi’s Remole has always done this for me but the ’06 vintage goes a step further. It has gorgeous flavour and even a little charm. Tuscany meets Beaujolais. Pizza or pasta wine that’s also playful enough to get invited to a party.


  • Masi ’06 Valpolicella ‘Bonacosta,’ Italy

  • LCBO No.: 285585

  • Price: $14.25

  • Frescobaldi ’06 Toscana ‘Remole,’ Tuscany, Italy

  • LCBO No.: 105429

  • Price: $12.40

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