Some shoulder-season Italian wine recommendations for you:
Amarone: a fabulous red wine made from the Valpolicella region of Verona. The wine is a blend of several grapes: Molinara, Corvina and Rondinella. They are dried on mats for up to three months, which intensifies the flavor. This wine is perfect for grilled summer meats (steaks and chops) and strong cheeses(salty Parmesan or Cambozola). Buy a “Classico” if you can….2004 was a good year.
From Sicily: Nero D’Avola…a grape common to Sicily. Morgante is the winery. A great full-bodied and soft red for more mild meats…veal, pork loin.
White? The rare Arneis grape, common to the Piedmonte region. A crisp, fruity wine with more body than a Pinot Grigio….wonderful with light cheeses, fish, meatless pasta…
Tocai Friulano…a perfect white wine for simply sipping in the heat of the summer: light and fresh like the fruit of the season.