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Italian Wines

Italian Grapevine Vinyard

Italian Grapevine Vinyard

The Italian lifestyle is completed by the famed Italian wines. Some of the most apreciated wines in the world come from Italy and Italian enologists are much sought after from foreign wanting to start a wine production.
Being long and stretched inside the Mediterranean Sea, Italy enjoys several different landscapes and weather zones. Even if the country is relatively small, it can and does produce wines extremely different from each other.
Italian wines are produced by all walks of life; from the multi-national corporations to traditional wineries, to families tending their own vines for the kitchen table. Some like Barolo, Chianti, Primitivo and Est Est Est! are rightfully famous. However you may also stumble upon a vino della casa in a local trattoria that is just as memorable.
In this section learn more about why Italian wines have been praised since antiquity and continue to amaze drinkers today. We will review the most popular types of wine and spill a little secret or two about where, when and how enjoy this delicious and traditional Italian drink.

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Wines of Southern Italy
Thursday, September 24TH, 2015 by admin
They're not household names like their Piedmont or Tuscan cousins, but the wines of Italy's southern wine districts are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying. Southern Italy has been producing wine for over 4000 years. The wine business here was already booming in 2000 B.C. when the Phoenicians arrived. The Greeks dubbed southern Italy "The Land of Wine," and the Romans delighted in the wines of the Campania region. In modern times, however, wine production in southern Italy has languished, and a large portion of wine produced there was sold to France and Germany as a blending wine. All that...
Wines of Central Italy
Tuesday, September 22TH, 2015 by FrancescaBezzone
Italy is the land of many good wines and making up a list of the best among them, as we already said in our article about the wines of Northern Italy, is almost impossible. The central regions of the country are home to some of our best known enological products (think of Chianti, for instance), but also to plenty of lesser known amazing varieties we hope to help you discover.  One thing is certain: vineyards are a quintessential part of the central Italian landscape, to the point it is almost impossible to think of places such as Toscana or Umbria without picturing gentle hills c...
Wines of Northern Italy
Tuesday, September 22TH, 2015 by FrancescaBezzone
It is not easy to select a limited number of wines characteristic of Italy's northern regions: there are so many and of such a high quality, I honestly feel guilty leaving names out of this article. Surely, the same would happen if I had to list the best wines of the Italian Centre or the Italian South, but today's task is harder for me, because I come from Piemonte and from the Langhe, so I mat be a little biased. My grandfather used to make an amazing Dolcetto and, as he had two small vineyards, one in the Langhe where we live, and one in the Monferrato, where he was born,...
History of Wine II
Thursday, September 17TH, 2015 by admin
"No poem was ever written by a drinker of water," the great Roman poet, Horace wrote.   Wine making as shown on a ceiling mosaic at the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, Rome. (Lawrence OP/flickr)   People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are amongst the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. This makes sense because the Romans made the most contributions to the ancient art of viniculture. The Greeks, who settled in southern Ita...
Wine Proverbs and Quotes
Wednesday, September 16TH, 2015 by admin
Wine, the nectars of the gods... Ok, I know it was ambrosia, but let's face it, we think of good old vino as a drink fit for all deities, so we may well just steal the definition and use it for our own purposes, right? We enjoy drinking it and we may like to learn about its history, but we may not often think of it as the subject of literature of aphorisms. In truth, wine has been inspirational to many an artist and its qualities have been praised by many outstanding personalities. Don't you believe it? Well, then read on...   "A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine,"...
History of Wine I
Tuesday, September 15TH, 2015 by admin
The Ancient History of Wine   History of winemaking reaches into the early century of western history itself (Andrea Pesce/flickr)   The history of wine in many ways coincides with the history of the western world. Historians generally agree that wine was probably discovered accidentally in the Fertile Crescent area, the region between the Nile and Persian Gulf, during the time of the world's first civilizations between 4000 and 3000 B.C. As small settlements grew into city-states and trade began to develop on a large scale throughout the Mediterranean, the g...
Touring Italy's Vineyards
Thursday, September 03TH, 2015 by admin
  Touring the Vineyards of Italy     Vineyards in Italy are a feast of colors and scents (Massimo Ankor/flickr)   Too Numerous to List, Too Picturesque to Miss... Since antiquity, Italians have woven the finer things into the fabric of everyday life: exquisite art, sumptuous food and a seemingly endless supply of wine. Until recently, travelers have reveled only in the taste of the wines while the magnificent wineries of Italy remained elusive to all but a lucky few.   Italian Wine Regions Due to its temperate clima...
Wine Tasting : How to be a Snob
Thursday, August 20TH, 2015 by admin
  They look sophisticated don't they? Those wine snobs with their pinkies in the air and their monotonous blather about 'spicy' tastes and 'earthy' aromas-and they know how to say Pinot Noir. They're so pretentious. Now we can be just like them! (Oh, and-you won't have to do it with your pinky up in the air-unless you want to.)   Wine tasting: look! Ph. flickr/Mark   The trick to wine tasting is that there is no trick! Tasting wine starts with three basic senses: look, smell and taste.     Phase One of Wine Tasting:...
Italian Wines for Summer
Tuesday, June 16TH, 2015 by admin
  When the heat of the Summer overwhelms and outdoor patios and balconies beckon, the full-bodied wines often associated with Italy can seem a little overbearing. Don't despair. Italian wine producers offer a variety of light, refreshing wines, ideal for Summer quaffing. Among them is the familiar Pinot Grigio, but do you know about the pleasures of a glass of Prosecco, Gavi, or Arneis?     Italian Wines for Summer: Pinot Grigio   Pinot Grigio, generally the best known of the Italian white wines, is a light and dry wine, with an almost lemony fla...
Wine and Chocolate
Saturday, October 04TH, 2014 by admin
Forget wine and cheese parties. In Italy, chocolatiers and enoteche (wine shops) are holding degustazione di vino (wine tastings) with a side of chocolate. Crash courses are no longer limited to wine or olive oil. Chocolate is premiering in the “gastronomic parlor game,” wrote the New York Times in the 2003 article “Hints of Wine? Chocolate Enters the Tasting Room.” The marriage of the fermented grape with the cacao based candy can be heavenly, if you know how to correctly mate those two distinct flavors.   Selling books, chocolate and wine Ph. flickr/Fabiana  ...