Try as we might, we can't drink Cab Franc every day of the week (and trust us, we've tried). So what's a thirsty peppery-wine hunter to do? Take a jaunt *way* east of the Loire and land firmly in the La Ca Bionda vineyards, in the heart of Valpolicella Classico, organically farmed by the Castellani family's fourth generation. The blend here's driven by Corvina, the chief grape of the region, and offers up crushed violet and dried rose, ancho chili, pink peppercorn, all balanced by a gentle nudge of brambly red fruit. Light in body, but powerfully focused on the palate - grab a slice of mushroom pizza, pour a glass, and pat yourself on the back for adding a little variety into your drinking regimen.