Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re like me you’ll be looking for an excuse (any will do) for a get-together with friends and family. Grilling steaks with the neighbors for the 4th of July? Having a clam bake or a fish fry for Labor Day? No matter what summer festivities you have planned, here are 5 workhorse Italian wines that are sure to please you and your guests.My wine selections here are based on simple criteria:
- They’re reasonably priced. You shouldn’t have to pay more than $15-25/bottle for a decent Italian wine. Paying more means you’re likely paying for cache or marketing hype. Save your money and go with these reasonably priced bottles.
- They’re widely available. You should be able to find reliably good wines at your local wine shop, or order them online for quick delivery. These wines fit the bill.
- They please all palates. It’s probably a safe bet that your friends and extended family aren’t very familiar with Italian wines, so I’m skipping the obscure and unusual wines and going with popular and food-friendly wines that are ready to drink today.