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Impressive Italians for the Holiday Table

Marina Cvetic Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC $29.99, Ravera di Monforte Barolo DOCG $45.99, Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Tre Stelle $79.99

With the holidays approaching, impress your guests with an Italian wine. Italian reds will always be lively and incredibly food friendly, an excellent dinner pairing with meals beyond pasta and pizza. Our three picks for this post are guaranteed to wow at the dinner table, regardless of the spread.

To open up a meal, you can never go wrong with a Montepulciano. The Marina Cvetic is an award winning wine that embodies the true and genuine character of the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape. With a fresh, fruit forward character, this wine is easy to drink, showcasing red fruit and a hint of spice, with a light body and elegant tannins. Excellent with cured meats and cheese appetizers, it will also pair well with turkey and any holiday roasted vegetable sides.

Open the bottle of Barolo while the turkey is still in the oven, it will need to breathe for a bit to really show off that deep, complex flavor of Nebbiolo grape. This Benevelli Piero Barolo is a perfect balancing act between body, acid and tannin. A perfectly structured red for a complex meal: it has hints of smoke that will pair well with roasted vegetables, smooth tannins for the turkey fat and buttery potatoes and enough acid for the starches in stuffing and the sweetness of yams. A home run on any holiday dinner table.

And if you really want to bring on the fireworks, do it with the Barbaresco. Another stellar Nebbiolo, granted, with a heftier price tag, but worth every sip. A truly elegant wine with notes of roses and violets, licorice, tobacco and chocolate and a persistent, spicy finish. This complex wine will stand up to the boldest of cheeses and enhance animal protein flavor from turkey to beef, guaranteed to impress any palate.

Make your holidays memorable with any one of these amazing wines. Better yet, get all three, you know you'll have leftovers for days!

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