Italian Wine

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world's largest wine producer by volume. Its contribution is about 45-50 million hl per year, and represents about 1/3 of global production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.
Posts about Italian Wine
    • Try This Wine Before It Disappears

      A small wine region in Northern Italy might lose 25% of it’s vineyards to a planned railway expansion. The region is called Lugana and it’s located along the southern banks of Lake Garda very close to Verona. Lugana focuses on a white grape they call Turbiana (which is a bit of a mystery, I’ll explain below) for both sparkling and still wines.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 4 readers -
    • 2 books to enjoy this Christmas

      Most of us who love wine are either armchair hedonists from time to time, or know someone who is, so books about wine, food and food and wine travel usually make perfect Christmas presents. So, I thought I would tell you about a couple of books that have come my way recently. Firstly a wine and travel atlas of Piemonte The beautiful rolling hills of Piemonte.

      Quentin Sadler's Wine Page- 2 readers -
  • All you need is groovy wine and love: wine list back on track @SottoLA

    … year of our list at Sotto and I’m really psyched about what we’re working on for the new year. Christine, you’ve done an extraordinary job and your ability as a taster is awesome. To everyone at Sotto, thanks for believing in my crazy idea that we could turn LA on to groovy, crunchy, funky, soulful southern Italian wine. You rock my world… Like this: Like Loading... Related …

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  • Wine of the week: Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2011

    …, and a minerality and acidity that don’t overwhelm the wine the way they can in pinot grigio. That I bought a previous vintage, and paid more than I usually do, attests to the Tiefenbrunner quality. Highly recommended, even at $15. The post Wine of the week: Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco 2011 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 15 readers -
  • Quick Sip: Vietti 2012 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

    … to the Piedmont, thrives around the town of Asti and generally produces easy-drinking wines with soft tannins and red berry fruit flavors. At the Cork-Exclusive special price of $15.99 (with free shipping on any order); this Barbera offers great taste and value and is an ideal addition to any dinner table. For further information and where you can find…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spot- 9 readers -
  • An (Organized) Hodgepodge of Festive Wine

    …. It was perfect with meatier fish. 700 kilometers south, in Cotes du Roussillon, Domaine Gauby ($22-$27) produces the outstandingly complex and unique Gauby Blanc white blend out of Macabeu, Muscat and Chardonnay. This is a wine that I thoroughly enjoyed before having any idea where it was from and how much it costs. One can only imagine how happy I…

    William Schragis/ The Alcohol Professorin Chardonnay- 8 readers -
  • Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Bossi Riserva Berardo 2007

    … an ugly mark. The wine itself is very dark, with black cherry fruit and earth. There is plenty of tannin in this wine which helps the rich fruit from the warm 2007 vintage feel alive and ready for grilled steak without being opulent. The length is superb. Drinking this reminded me how well Italians understand contrasts – sweet and bitter, fruit…

    Just Grapes- 1 readers -
  • Villa Sandi Il Fresco Brut Prosecco

    … The Villa Sandi Il Fresco Brut Prosecco is produced from Glera grapes grown in estate vineyards near the town of Treviso in Veneto, Italy. The Villa Sandi estate was built in 1622 and the family has produced wine for generations. Il Fresco Brut Prosecco is Villa Sandi’s everyday Bubbly and is produced in the Charmat Method. Villa Sandi does…

    CHEAP WINE FINDER- 4 readers -
  • Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Bianco, 2011, Langhe Bianco

    … it ‘demands’ food, I say it was wonderful on its own while I shoved lovingly placed a chicken and leak pie into the oven, and equally as delicious with the pie once cooked. At £15 would make a fine gift this Christmas. A blend of 50% Arneis, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay from a “small family Podere producing elegant and concentrated Langhe…

    Andrew Barrow/ Spittoonin Sauvignon Blanc- 5 readers -
  • Domaine Meriwether Sparkling Wine and Make Ahead Spanakopita #winepw

    … Okay to Eat the Cupcake Smoked Salmon and Potato Chips with Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne by ENOFYLZ Don't forget to our Twitter chat Saturday, December 13th at 8 a.m. PST. We'll be talking about our tips and tricks for the best holiday wine pairings. We'd love to have you join us! And, be sure to mark your calendars for January's Wine…

    Jade Helm/ Tasting Pour- 3 readers -
  • Winery of the Weeek: Ricci Curbastro from Lombardy

    … region of Italy which is sandwiched between the city of Brescia and Lake Garda. The area makes great sparkling wines using the traditional method where the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle. This is different from the charmat method used to make Prosecco. My first Italian wine in a wine class in 1997 was in fact a Saten from…

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  • Girls Go Grape’s 2014 Holiday Wine List – The Reds

    … Hello wine lovers and happy #wineWednesday! I hope your December is starting to feel ‘Christmas-y’ and magical! After being cooped up inside with a cold for a few days, on Sunday afternoon, we took our daughter for her first visit with Santa this season. She was on horseback, mind you, and Santa was tall and thin but we had fun and she loved…

    Christine Campbell/ Girls Go Grapein Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Wine of the week: Melini Chianti Borghi d’Elsa 2013

    … This summer, the Wine Curmudgeon attended a big-time Italian trade tasting, which included five Chiantis from the Melini producer. None of them cost more than $25 or $30, which is saying something for big-time Italian trade tastings. All of which means that the 300-year-old Melini knows a thing or two about making quality cheap wine…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 5 readers -
  • Do Bianchi Christmas Six-Pack 2014: happy holidays yall!

    … Cantele’s Negroamaro rosé at Christmas. Do Bianchi Christmas Six-Pack 2014 Belisario 2012 Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneti Laimburg 2013 Riesling Cantele 2013 Negroamaro Rosato Il Falchetto 2011 Barbera d’Asti Scorrone Produttori del Barbaresco 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Marenco 2013 Moscato d Asti Strev $116 plus tax, shipping & handling ($19 average…

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  • United Wines of Veneto Master Class

    … I was doubly excited to attend the United Wines of Veneto Master Class last week. One, I love the wines from that area (a Soave Master Class some time ago was another recent highlight). Two, I'd never visited the venue, Eataly Chicago, where the seminar was being held. 8 consortiums, 8 wines, with 3 small bites to accompany - sounded pretty good…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine- 7 readers -
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