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Sep 24, 2010 04:38 AM

Wine rec's for dinner party

Having a dinner party for twenty five people at a BYOB Italian restaurant that loves garlic. They will be serving pasta (pesto and red sauce), fish (calamari, maybe seafood stew) and some light meats (chicken and lamb), with a very rich chocolate cake for dessert. Looking for red, white and prosecco rec's with a price point under $15 per bottle (please any good $12?). Will buy a case of each. Thanks so much in advance.

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  1. for your white, Principessa Gavi by Banfi generally costs between $10 and $13, depending upon your location. It's GREAT with fish and seafood, and better than average with many chicken dishes.

    They also make a nice red called Centine that costs around $10 as well. has it for $8.99

      1. re: whiner

        By your many excellent previous posts, I assume you mean an Italian Barbera.

          1. re: whiner

            I started thinking about a Nebbiolo. Are there good ones at this price (under $15)? Thanks

            1. re: catspercapita

              Good ones widely available? No. I would prefer a $15 Barbera to a $20ish Nebbiolo with this menu, anyway. There are good 20ish Nebbiolo that would pair well, though...

        1. re: whiner

          +2 on Barbera. It's a natural with Italian red sauce.

          Albariño is a staple or seafood pairing. It does well with paella as well, so a seafood stew would be a reasonable parallel. Albarei Albariño is usually around $15 or less. Albariños need to be drank young - if it's older than an '09, pass. Their bouquet and subtle frizzante falls off fast after 1-1 1/2 years.

          1. re: whiner

            You should be able to get Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei for about $15. Probably less, if you get a case discount.

          2. White: there are good falanghinas from Campania (Ocone, Terradora, others) and vermentinos from Sardegna (Argiolas, Sella+Mosca) at your price point, for something a little less sharply acidic than Gavi, if that suits you. Red: barbera is alwaysa a good acidic, low-tannin choice, but check on Cusumano's Nero d'Avola from Sicily, a Dolcetto from Piedmont , or one of the smaller grower Montepulciano d'Abruzzos--not the jug versions. Illuminati, Ciccio Zaccagnini, Cataldi Madonna are some choices. I also like the sangiovese-montepulciano blend in Rosso Conero, from leMarche. You can easily find fresh Sicilian white and red from Regaleali to meet your needs