Looking to bolster our Italian wine knowledge, we recently attended a tasting put on by Slow Wine (part of Slow Food ) where we sampled offerings from Italy's many storied wine regions. While many pleased our palates, some stood out more than others. Click through for our top picks, and get inspired to savor a bottle or two yourself.
— Additional reporting by Susannah Chen and Anna Monette Roberts
2006 Cavallotto Fratelli Barolo Bricco Boschis
Notes of horseradish, cacao, and spice might sound contradictory, but somehow they work to astounding effect in this tart and tannic 2006 Barolo from Piedmont.
2006 Ferrandes Passito di Pantelleria
We fell in love at first sip with Ferrandes Sicilian's nutty, silky-smooth dessert wine — it was easily one of our favorites of the afternoon. The vibrant orange hue was only icing on the cake.
2012 Borgo Maragliano Moscato d'Asti Caliera
Sweet and salty and unmistakably nectar-like, Borgo's Moscato would be an excellent candidate for bellini cocktails  or paired with a perfectly ripe Summer stone fruit for a low-fuss dessert.
2011 Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
When we overheard a fellow attendee proclaiming this adorably squat bottle of red their favorite pick of the tasting, we immediately made a beeline to see what all the fuss was about. Thankfully, Velenosi's offering lived up to the hype with a floral nose and a soft, dry finish.
2011 Tenuta de Angelis Offida Pecorino
Love wine with a charming backstory? Tenuta de Angelis's Pecorino might just be for you; Pecorino (the grape varietal) gets its name from sheep (pecora is Italian for sheep) that loved to graze on the white grape . That aside, this sweetly perfumed (think figs and golden raisins) white with a dry finish is an excellent option for serving with seafood (fitting as it's grown in a maritime locale).
2007 Trabucchi Valpolicella Superiore Terra di San Colombano
Notes of tart cherry, minerals, and smokey tobacco combine to excellent effect in this organically produced red that hails from the Valpolicella region outside of Verona.
2011 La Montecchia Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio Spumante
A heady fragrance of orange blossom pleasantly dominates La Montecchia's orange Moscato — appropriate given Fior d'Arancio's translation (orange blossom).
2011 Velenosi Rosso Piceno Roggio del Filare
Light, but structured, and full of aging potential, Velenosi's vibrant red from the Marche region of Italy is worth snapping up a few bottles to keep on hand for a later date.
2009 Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Villa Bucci Riserva
A perfect introduction to oaked whites for those who are typically wary of the style, Bucci's bottle is balanced out with a crisp lemon-lime finish and a hint of nuttiness.