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Navigating Italy, from Table to Glass

There are few who could argue with the fact that, the glamorous Italian actress Sophia Loren—outwardly impervious to aging—has successfully mastered the art of living well, and her heritage and home are clearly an essential part of the package. If we could only all be so lucky.

There’s a reason the phrase la dolce vita originates in Italy. It is arguably the easiest country in the world for wine and food lovers to adore, and the effortless Italian charm and impeccable style permeate life from the table to the glass and beyond.

For vinophiles, Italy offers all manner of diversity. The vertical drop of mountain vineyards in the Dolomites, the volcanic swath of terroir on Mount Etna and the lush, rolling winelands of Tuscany are just a facet of the country’s collective wine regions (20 in all). Each offer incredible wine quality, history and delicious character with a stamp as distinctive as Ms. Loren herself.

Speaking of vinous diversity, this month Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe’s takes a deep dive into Italy’s Collio region. Here, the all-star cast of Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco take turns on the stage. We tell you what to drink and which producers to watch.(Photo via Getty Images)

“Everything you see, I owe to pasta.” —Sophie Loren

Florence is one of Italy’s most visited cities, but after a full day at the Uffizi or an afternoon admiring David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, it’s time to eat and drink. O’Keefe also provides an insider’s guide to the best in wine bars, restaurants and specialty food shops.

Hopping back stateside, how about vineyards with an ocean view? Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann journeys through some of the Central Coast’s most stunning locations. These truly cool vineyard sites produce intrigue and excitement in the glass for wine lovers.

In Australia, whether punk rocker, chef or marine biologist, a growing number of artisanal winemakers are transforming the bucolic region of Adelaide Hills into a leading light of modern-day winemaking. We’ll help you learn more about the pioneers who are changing the face of Oz’s wine landscape.

Also this month: Korean cuisine and wine makes the perfect match, exploring South Africa’s bounty of styles and varieties and snout-to-tail beer and wine pairing for adventurous diners.