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Tourists shop for Brunellos and Super-Tuscans, but locals order Morellino di Scansano. Made from a type of Sangiovese grown only on the last ridge of hills before the sea, it usually sells on Italian wine lists for less than $20. The maritime breezes keep it fresh, and the hot summer sun gets it ripe, typically with black cherry and blueberry flavors and enough tannin to stand up to robust food. This isn’t a wine for long aging, so choose a recent vintage—2007, even 2008—from a producer such as Fattoria Le Pupille. —Bruce Schoenfeld

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