So I'm planning the little outdoor August party...Italian theme, olives, bread, figs, caprese salad, grilled mini pizzas, shrimp and pasta main dish. I know nothing of Italian wines so I thought I would begin sampling those that are available locally and see what I like. I want to offer a white and a red.
I would appreciate suggestions for wines that are widely distributed and less than $20.
I like California style pinot gris, but the Italian pinot grigio I have tried have not been my favorites. In reds I generally like very full bodied Syrahs, Petite Syrah, Cab Sauv blends, Rioja,etc. although I know that may not be a great match w/ the shrimp.
thanks in advance for any ideas