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Italian wine pairings needed

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meg944 | | Mar 3, 2009 06:22 AM

We are having a special lunch with friends this week - a sort of private cooking class with a local chef. He wrote:

We’ll start with Polenta with Mascarpone and Fresh White Truffles, and move on to Duck Sauce over Pappardelle.

I am in charge of getting the wine pairings - as it is a Tuscan meal, he suggested a wine from that region. I actually thought I might get as much as two or three wines - maybe a sparkler to star and then a wine for each course. The problem is that I know very little about Italian wine. As time is short, I will be buying from my local wine store - here are their Italian listings:
http://www.empirewine.com/region/italy/

I'd like to keep the bottles in the $20-$30 range if possible, as I will likely need 3-5 bottles or our group.

Thanks!!!

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