BY ANDY PERDUE AND ERIC DEGERMAN
Great Northwest Wine

Italy, one of the world’s largest wine-producing nations (along with France and Spain), is home to more than 1,000 wine grape varieties.

Only a few have made their way to the New World, and they tend to grow beautifully in Washington. Grapes such as Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera can be found in wineries across the state. And Zinfandel — also known as Primitivo — can be counted among them.

We recently tasted several examples of Northwest wines made from Italian varieties. The full results of our blind judging can be found in the latest edition of Wine Press Northwest magazine (and at www.winepressnw.com).

GRAPES SUCH AS SANGIOVESE, NEBBIOLO AND BARBERA CAN BE FOUND IN WINERIES ACROSS THE STATE.

Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan, $28: If any winery in Washington should be making Italian varieties, it should be Tsillan Cellars on the south shore of Lake Chelan with its Tuscan theme. This pleasing example provides aromas and flavors of blueberry, strawberry and a hint of earthiness. (14 percent alcohol)

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