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The Allure of the Italian Wine—Crisp, Clean, Carefree

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: June 30, 2015

The beauty of wine is that it has a way of transporting your palate (and mind) to faraway places. Here, we’ve highlighted wines that’ll give you a taste of Italy, from the comfort of your home. So whether you’re relaxing on the patio or hosting a summer soirée, let these Italian wines and flavorful Cypress Grove cheeses help you unwind.

Gini Soave 2013 Classico

The Gini family has been making wine in the Veneto region of Italy since the 1500s with brothers Claudio and Sandro Gini now managing the estate. Made from 100% Garganega, this wine is a dynamic white with rich, velvety notes of cherry blossom and finishes super dry. Pair with your favorite fish dish or a grilled Hill Family Farm chicken.

La Cadalora 2013 Pinot Grigio

100% Pinot Grigio from the town of Santa Margherita, in the southernmost part of Trentino, this wine (with its new label) has long been one of our favorites and is decidedly rich in style while remaining crisp and clean! Not a limpid, simple version of this wonderful grape. Try it with a bowl of clams in white wine broth.

Bisci 2013 Verdicchio di Matelica

Verdicchio is a commonplace enough name, but even amongst experts, the appellation of Matelica is little understood. Matelica is a small town in the hilly rural central part of the Marche region, and the Bisci estate is clearly the best with their dedication to making remarkably structured, expressive, yet delicately finished white wines. Try with a crab cake salad or shrimp risotto.

Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2012 Etna Rosso

An extraordinary wine that is made in Sicily from vineyards located on the northern slope of Mount Etna (so close to the active volcano that some vineyards have been lost to lava flow) between the villages of Solicchiata and Randazzo. A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, this wine is intense in both the nose and palate and layered with dried fruits and flowers, bone marrow, minerality, and a finish that is surreal. It’s a wine that is truly a value due to its origin!

Cypress Grove Chevre:

The Story of a Great Domestic Cheese


Mary Keehn was the founder and visionary of Cypress Grove, the California Creamery that is one of the reasons goat cheese has become so popular the last decade in the states.

Humboldt Fog

Their ripened chevre is a California treasure! The fresh chevre flavors are pure summertime fun and perfect on salads, hamburgers, or paired with 34º Sweet Crisp Crackers.

Sgt. Pepper

A combination of four peppers, garlic, and chili threads add a pleasant kick that is perfect on hamburgers or the aforementioned crackers.

Purple Haze

Goat cheese with a pleasant blend of lavender and wildfennel pollen making it perfect crumbled on fresh baby greens.