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The 2018 vintage Italian whites mean business – and here are three to look out for, chosen by Susy Atkins

2018 is the year for juicy, affordable wines
2018 is the year for juicy, affordable Italian wines

Nothing inspires less in the wine world than a bland Italian white. Watery, scentless and vaguely lemony. Harmless enough, and usually cheap, but oh-so-dull. And there’s far too many of these wines crowding out the big supermarkets. Except, hold on! The newly released, dry unoaked Italian whites from 2018 have more forceful personalities.

It was a cracking vintage in many parts of Europe in 2018, and the grapes’ extra ripeness has worked wonders for the simpler, affordable whites like gavi, soave, verdicchio and pinot grigio. Ed Robinson, wine buyer for Italy at the Co-op, spells it out clearly: “The 2018 harvest conditions were generally very good, including a hot spell in August, resulting...

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