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Italian Wines

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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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Sparkling Wines of Italy
Thursday, March 24TH, 2016 by admin
Italian Sparkling Wines When most people think of Italian wine, they think of the lush, robust reds of Tuscany or the delicate white wines of Piedmont. They don't generally think of sparkling wine…but they should. Italy produces more different kinds of sparkling wine than any other country in the world. In fact, they have been crafting spumantes (literally, sparkling wines) since Roman times, long before Dom Perignon popped his first cork. From the light, off-dry Proseccos to the classic Franciacortas, Italian sparkling wines are varied, tasty, and often quite affordable....
The Life of a Wine Grape
Friday, July 08TH, 2016 by admin
Grape. There you are, a tiny little bud amid a clump of other buds, like sextuplets in the womb, only lots more. The sun is shining, the view - if you had eyes - is spectacular, and all the nutrients needed to maintain health are transported through the vine to you and your green, bulbous siblings.   Wine Grape. Ph. Donnie Nunley on flickr (flic.kr/p/ohML2s)   Days and weeks pass and you grow in size and richness of color. Soon you are a big, fat ball of purple, dangling in a carefree commune of other big, fat purple balls. Fat, dumb, and happy as they say - that'...
Italian Wines for Summer
Thursday, June 16TH, 2016 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...
Major Italian Red Wines
Thursday, May 05TH, 2016 by admin
  From lush, deep red Chiantis to light, fruity Bardolinos, Italy produces some of the world's best red wine. Perfect to add extra luster to Italy's rich cuisine, Italian red wines offer variety, quality, and style. Italy has very diverse wine-growing regions. The cool, mountainous northern region of Piedmont produces crisp, austere wines, whereas the sunny, temperate central region of Tuscany yields bold, lusty, full-bodied sensations. Italian wines have a complexity and earthiness that reflects the soil, the unique Italian grape varietals, and Italian winemaker craft. Over sixty p...
Wine Toasts
Saturday, April 30TH, 2016 by admin
  In happy times and in sad, we will raise a glass to toast our friends and our loved ones. Usually, we toast to honor a life, a birth, a marriage, a holiday or any occasion, even the simplest of happy moments, but that was not always the case.   Toast in Italian   As far back as 600 B.C, glasses were raised when sharing wine, not necessarily to toast a friend, but to ensure that the wine was not laced with poison, the preferred method of murder in those days. The word toast actually comes from the ancient Roman practice of dropping a piece of burnt bread...
In Vino Veritas
Tuesday, April 26TH, 2016 by admin
  Whoever coined the phrase, In Vino Veritas (the truth is in wine) was right on target. With a little too much wine tongues become loose and the truth comes out, whether or not it will set you free. As an admirer of Bacchus and a lover of the white wine grape myself, I am aware of its many pitfalls. It's difficult to think about what and where they are, however, when one is indulging in its fruity splendor. Wine tastes fine almost anytime and life, my friends, is short and getting shorter with every breath that we take. Read on anyway. Whenever I think about wine, image...
Prosecco, Italy's Sparkling Wine
Saturday, April 23TH, 2016 by admin
  Prosecco: dry, lemony, and bubbling, is Italy's answer to refreshing, well-made, sparkling wine. Created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps, Prosecco is light, affordable, and fun.   Prosecco is a sparkling wine that must be served chilled Ph. flickr/Ferruccio Zanone   Traditionally Prosecco was made as a soft, somewhat sweet wine with just a little fizz, but today's Proseccos are dry and very bubbly. Sometimes combined with a small amount of Pinot Blanc or Pinot Grigio grapes, Pros...
Aperitivo in Italy
Tuesday, March 15TH, 2016 by admin
 Customary Drinks Before Meals in Italy   The spritz: a common aperitif in Italy Ph. depositphoto/happyalex   As coffee time, which is one of the main after-lunch ceremonies, in Italy the 'aperitivo' before the evening meal, is absolutely an adequate and enjoyed tradition by the many.   This practice dates way back in the centuries, since the Romans. As a matter of fact the word: Aperitivo, derives from the Latin "aperire" meaning: to begin, or to open. Its purpose: to tickle your appetite and enjoy a moment of relax with friends. The aperitivo...
Chianti Comes of Age
Monday, March 14TH, 2016 by admin
Chianti Grapes   Chianti, once known to Americans only as the ubiquitous red wine in the straw basket, has come of age. No longer relegated to cheap spaghetti restaurants, Chianti is finding its way into some of the country's finest eateries and wine stores. Chianti, a wine and a wine-growing region, however, has a long and rich history within Italy.   History of Chianti   The traditional Chianti bottle   The region of Chianti, located in central Tuscany, has been growing grapes since the 8th century B.C., long before France e...
Matching Italian food and wine
Monday, March 14TH, 2016 by admin
  Wine, cheese and fruit. Ph. depositphotos/belchonock   When thinking of Italian food, it is the color red that dominates people's imagination, tomato sauce and red wine being the first delicacies to come to mind. In truth, and we all sort of know it already, there is much more to Italy's cuisine than that and, also, there is much more to Italian wines than a bottle of red.    Italy is home to delicate, refreshing white wines, bold and powerful or fruity and subtle reds and, of course, to delicious sparkling wines to be enjoyed as an aperitivo or wit...