Let’s begin in the golden hills of Tuscany, home of Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico. Made with Sangiovese grapes and just a touch of Merlot, it’s a lively, full-bodied red that pairs well with pasta dishes. Then head north to Piedmont, known for its sophisticated wines, including the extra-dry Ascheri Barbera D’Alba, which offers plum and cedar aromas. The northeast brings us to two regions and two exceptional wines: the fruity Mezzacorona Pinot Noir Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, grown in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains in Trentino, and Veneto’s Tommasi Il Sestante Valpolicella Ripasso DOC, a bold red with savoury coffee and herbal notes. The Puglia region in the southeast is our next stop, loved for its Mediterranean coastline and ancient whitewashed towns—a quintessentially Italian location for a quintessentially Italian red like Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte. For our last stop, the terroir of Sicily, hot southern sunshine and volcanic soils shine through in the balanced, extra-dry Cusumano Nero D’Avola Terre Siciliane IGT.