Help Wine Suggestions (maybe Italian?)
Have a house warming party for friends who love Italy - have named their house Godiamo.
Alas, they are wine lovers, and I only know scotch. I would like to bring them a bottle of red and a bottle of white. I know that when I have had wine at their old house, the white was usually semi-dry and the red was not very tanniny (very palatable for this non-wine drinker). Anybody have any suggestions for what to buy them (for as much as 50 bucks a bottle). If the wine is Italian, it would fit the theme, but I'm open to anything you like.
CA Scotch Chick
This should probably have been posted on the Wine board, but don't worry, the mods will eventually move it and its replies.
If you can find it, I highly recommend Donnafugata's "Anthilia" white, it's a blend of Sicilian white grapes that are not typically found outside of the island, and it's more dry than sweet, but certainly not a dry white. It is absolutely delicious and versatile.
As for the red, do you know if they have been to Italy? Are they fond of any particular region? If not, I'd say you probably can't go wrong with a nice Rosso di Montalcino (central Italy), or possibly a Nebbiolo (North). Something in the $40-50 range. Nero d'Avola blends with Cabernet and Syrah are also delicious (Sicily). Donnafugata's "Tancredi" represents Nero d'Avola blends very nicely (their "Sherazade" is fantastic, too, but I don't think they export it to the US). Firriato is an exceptional producer for an introduction to Sicilian reds, and quite affordable. I like their "Harmonium" and "Chiaramonte", which are both pure Nero d'Avola and should be under $25, tops.