We found the Italian wines in the Umbria area to be excellent. Even the "house wine" in the restaurants were as smooth & flavorful as that you would expect to find in France. Since these were served in unlabeled, we have no idea who the producer was.

In Panicale we met a man named Erik, on the street whom spoke English. After talking with him, he informed us that his father has a local vineyard. He suggested we come by and try some of their wine, BOSCHETTO. We went by & purchased only (2) bottles. WHAT A SHAME! It turned out to be some of the best we have ever had.

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The best Chianti we have found, is Ruffino. This was a gift from a young couple we met while they were on their honeymoon. We shared a table with them in an overcrowded hotel restaurant due to fog closure of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, as they were coming from Rome. This has a rich taste, but not overpowering. Excellent with Pasta.