Say goodbye to the well-trodden and hello to flavors that fuel your wanderlust. Perfected among jewel-bright beaches, lush, rolling hills, and the crags of an active volcano, these six unique varietals are meant for getting lost in. Explore some of IGT’s favorite lesser-known finds, from bittersweet Barbera to peppery Vermentino. We’re your guidebook. Welcome to the wild side.
The perfect pizza wine. Barbera is a simple wine that’s not only easy for winemakers to make, but easier to drink. It’s low in alcohol and an Italian red wine we implore you try chilled because it’s truly *chef’s kiss*. Classic Barberas are fruity, medium bodied and offer the perfect hint of tartness. It’s also the best of both worlds in terms of light and heavy red wines. Let’s say you’re having a friend over who always prefers a cab, but you’re more of a Pinot Noir kinda gal. Order a pizza and open the Barbera for a perfect middle ground kind of evening. After all, the combo of good red wine and pizza is the great equalizer.
This is not your average Italian red. Nerello Cappuccio is a dark-skinned grape variety from Sicily, the Mount Etna region to be exact (yes, the volcano). Although its color is vibrant, you might be surprised to know that it’s a much softer red than it looks to be. Our Nerello Cappuccio is cherry-forward, with other tasting notes of vanilla, light coffee (like your favorite breakfast blend), and minerals. The delicate tannins in this Sicilian wine will surprise and delight you and tastes exceptionally good paired with margherita pizza or arancini balls (drool).
Say “¡Hola!” to Spain’s main grape: Tempranillo. This red grape put Rioja wine on the map and is un vino tinto classico. It’s best compared to a classic cab, but with a bit more unique magic that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why it’s a part of our Wild Child line. This medium- to full-bodied wine with its relatively higher tannins usually offers complex notes of cherry, fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill. This is the type of red wine you want to buy and pour for a Latin-infused meal; think carne asada, tacos al carbon, or just perfectly cooked steak fajita meat.
We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.
The 101. The Hollywood sign. The sheer volume of kale smoothies. California is known for a lot of things, but perhaps its most popular product is its wine. Our California Wine Mixer tasting flight has all the greats and then some; Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are the celebrities you’ll recognize right away, but you might spot some surprises in this flight, too. That’s California for you—you never know what you’ll get!
Unique. Extraordinary. Unexpected. This tasting flight is for those who are intrigued by the more uncommon side of life; those who appreciate a Pinot Noir but want a little something more; those who enjoy a crisp white but with the kind of edge you just can’t put your finger on. Eight less traditional, highly intriguing wines create this tasting flight—it’s up to you to find out what kind of “weird” you like most.
Picture this: a day trip to Italian vineyards, sampling all the finest wine followed by the same in the French countryside. Sounds like a dream, right? If an international flight isn’t on the horizon for you, this flight of Italian and French wines is the next best thing to actually being there. The collection features eight classic wines from both countries so you can make your way through this pourable postcard from the comfort of your couch!
Wherever you are on your wine journey and wherever that journey takes you, Wild Child is your map out of the everyday, into the extraordinary. We’ve searched everywhere from our home state to the high hills of Sicily and hand-selected six outside-the-bottle favorites. Far-flung flavors. Unexpected origins. Showstopping surprises. Explore the wild side of wine with our lively Barbera and tart, gem-hued Nerello Cappuccio. Wild Child Wines know that wine-tasting is an adventure. Ready to start yours?