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Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
While traditionally a sweet wine center, Sicily is fast becoming recognized for its dry wines from modern producers who make IGT and VDT wines from international and local varieties.Watch for wines from the excellent Regaleali estate.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
The Campania region is known for its Fiano di Avellino wine, which is a dry white with the distinct flavor of hazelnuts.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Greco di Tufo and Taurasi are wines worth tasting from Campania. Greco di Tufo is a white wine from the Greco grape, reminiscent of lime. Taurasi is a full-bodied red made from the Aglianico grape that must be aged for three years—including one in wood—before release.Taurasi can taste much like burnt cherries.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Feudi di San Gregorio is an estate that makes first-class Greco di Tufo.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Mastroberardino makes a good Taurasi that tastes of violet, smoky cherries, and black pepper.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Terradora di Paolo is a fine producer of Aglianico-based wines from Campania. Its 2004 Aglianico d'Irpina shows layers of melting dark chocolate, smoke, cherries, and leather.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
The island of Sardinia makes some brilliant wines from local grape varieties. The Nuragus grape is found almost exclusively here and yields a lovely crisp, lemony wine. The Dolianova winery makes a spirited Nuragus in its Dolia range. This wine starts shy with a quiet nose of white flowers and then becomes quite vivacious on the palate with bright lemons that take me back to the Mediterranean coast instantly.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Cannonau is a local red grape from Sardinia that can make delicious wines that exude herbs, blackberries, and spice. Turriga IGT is a Cannonau-based wine that is simply stellar by a producer called Argiolas. Though vintages vary, the hallmark flavors tend to be oregano and lavender, blackberries and blueberries, truffle and tobacco. The wines almost caress the palate. Gambero Rosso, Italy's leading wine guide, has awarded past vintages of this wine the coveted Tre Bicchieri—or three glass status.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Cantina Sociale Santadi is a cooperative on the island of Sardinia that produces excellent wines. Santadi's Carignan-based Terre Brune wine is quite a sought after and nuanced wine of juicy plum, wild blueberry, aromatic bay leaf, tobacco, rich chocolate, black pepper, and seriously ripe raspberries.

Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
Sardo restaurant in the heart of London, England, specializes in Sardinian wines and cuisine. Good food and drink at reasonable prices make it worth a visit when you're in that town.

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