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Sopranos wines hit US

The Sopranos, the landmark US series about a New Jersey mob family, has inspired a line of Italian wines launched this month in the US.

Sopranos Italian Wines are produced under a licensing agreement between HBO and New-York based Vesuvio Wine Import Company, named after Artie Bucco’s restaurant in the TV series.

The wines come from one of three family-run wineries in Italy (two in Tuscany and one in the Veneto), including the Valiano Estate in Chianti Classico.

The range includes a Chianti DOCG, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir priced between $9.99 – $11.99.

At the higher end of The Sopranos label is a Chianti Classico priced at $23.99 and a Chianti Classico Reserva at $29.99, both of which are estate bottled.

Tony and his cohorts are no strangers to the wine world. Actress Lorraine Bracco, who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi in the series, launched Bracco Wines in 2006.

While Frederico Castellucio, who played hitman Furio Giuntga, comes from an Italian winemaking family which produces red, white and rosé wines in New Jersey.

Written by Lucy Shaw

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