The sophisticated world of fine dining is not something everyone can or would like to stomach. But from time to time, a bit of worldly elegance can be rejuvenating (and also a great way to flex on people whom we may or may not consider to be beneath us). Besides, there are somethings we must all pretend to understand and care about; wine, the pseudo-intellectual’s beverage of choice, is obviously one of them. So gently don your finest suit, practice your savoir-faire and dinner etiquette, and feast your eyes on the most cultured grape nectars ever manufactured.
Giovanni Rosso Etna Bianco Doc ($34)
Hailing all the way from the slopes of Sicily’s resident active volcano, Mount Etna, this wine was overseen by the renowned Giovanni Rosso winery. For those of us who need reminding (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone), the Giovanni Rosso winery is a family-owned winery that specializes in red wine made from Nebbiolo red grapes. This wine, however, is white. It is also refreshing, balanced, and infused with oak.
Ankida Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017 ($44)
A Virginian native, this surprisingly delicious wine is produced by a very small family-owned winery in Amherst consisting of only three people: A husband, a wife, and a son. The only issue with this beautifully aged Pinot is the fact that only 140 cases were actually produced. That, however, is the price of authenticity.
Planeta Frappato Vittoria Doc 2018 ($22)
Another family-owned winery hailing from Sicily, Planeta is a winery utterly dedicated to the art of sustainable winemaking. The family winery has been artfully composing some of the greatest wines in Italy for over a decade, and their 2018 Doc Vittoria is no pushover either. One of the most notable features of this specific wine would be its fruity, flowery smell, yet the taste is the real kicker: Every sip is an adventure, conjuring an ever-changing mixture of flavors.