Table Wine, Vino da Tavola….
Italian wines imported to north America are not usually cheap, certainly not good ones. This is also true here in Italy. The high value of the Euro vs. the Dollar is one reason, but even without that, well-known wines can be quite costly here. There is not really a decent Brunello di Montalcino to be found in Siena for less than 24 Euros, about $30.00 US, and up (way up). Lower cost Chiantis and generic Sangiovese reds can be much less, but quite variable in quality. One little known option is to ask at the local deli for Vino da Tavola, table wine. Not all delis have this – but it is worth asking. If they sell wine this way, the clerk will disappear into the back room and return a few moments later. You will take home a liter of very drinkable red in a screw top bottle for about 3.00 Euros. “Una bottiglia di vino da tavola con tappo per favore….”
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