When it comes to Italian wine, Tuscany, Piedmont and the northeast get most of the attention, but gaze south of these popular regions and you'll find a host of distinctive wines with stories to tell. Among them are the islands: sun-drenched Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily, one of Italy's largest wine-producing regions, is known for red wines such as Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese, whites such as Inzolia and Grillo and sweet Moscatos from Pantelleria. Sardinia's wine industry is small and based on Spanish varieties such as Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano and Vermentino. For Wine Spectator
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, in our Oct. 31 issue, we rated more than 750 wines in blind tastings, and Sicily and Sardinia appeared in our Top Wines and Top Values lists.