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Unusual Italian Grape Varieties
Joe Fattorini

Visiting some Italian winemakers, you might find something surprising. Often, they're not the most animated when presenting their classic, big-name wines. You may find them light up more when bringing out a modestly priced bottle that's made from a local, almost forgotten grape. It’s always a treat. Here are twelve little gems, from chillable red Pelaverga, to refreshing Timorasso, to richer Lacrima.

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Occhipinti Il Frappato Sicilia 2019 bottleOcchipinti Il Frappato Sicilia 2019 bottle
Light-Bodied
Grapey
Female Winemaker

Vivino

Mr. D Wine Merchant

Mr. D Wine Merchant
Graci Etna Rosso  2017 / 750 ml. bottleGraci Etna Rosso  2017 / 750 ml. bottle
Intense
Mineral
Rare Grape

WineDeals.com
Statti Gaglioppo bottleStatti Gaglioppo bottle
Rich
Spicy
Rare Grape

Austin Liquors

Garnet Wines & Liquors
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Intense
Peppery
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Cirelli Pecorino bottleCirelli Pecorino bottle
Dry
Mineral
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Bergamot Wine Co
Producer

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