Italy /ˈɪtəli/ (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja]), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and is approximately delimited by the Alpine watershed, enclosing the Po Valley and the Venetian Plain. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two biggest Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
Posts about Italy
    • 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 -
    • Drink like a True Roman: The Wine of Lazio

      Cesanese could have been the local wine of ancient Rome. In order to explore some of the traditional wines of Italy, we paired up with a Chef who knows the ins and outs of Italian cuisine. In this post, we’ll explore a rare Roman wine called Cesanese (“chae-sah-NAE-say”) and a dish inspired by Rome’s love of Cucina Povera or, ‘Poor Kitchen’. Tasting Cesanese del Piglio wine.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 5 readers -
    • Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini 2013

      I am partial to a regular Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, not just when it comes in the super-cool “Gina Lollobrigida” bottles. Okay so not everyone thinks those hourglass bottles are super-cool, but that’s probably because they are not super-cool people. This Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini is made from the same kind of grapes, but grown up the road on slightly ...

      Golly's Wine Drops- 202 readers -
  • Sparkling Wine for New Year’s Eve versus Champagne

    … d’Alsace is a blend of traditional champagne grapes and Alsatian grapes such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. Depending on the blend, they range from tart and citrusy to a steely, minerally sparkler. Good producers include Boeckel and Dopff au Moulin. Italy produces two styles of sparkling wine. The first, Prosecco, is a dry, crisp wine…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 3 readers -
  • My Top 5 Star Rated Wines for 2014

    …, California ($349.99) – Light intensity cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of capsicum on the nose. Dry and mineral, with ripe purple fruit and vanilla flavours. Tannins kick in and the minerality builds in your mouth. Quite amazing. A very interesting wine. Cesari Bosan Ripasso 2005 Cesari Bosan Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, 2005, Italy (SPEC…

    MyWinePalin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Tequila and A Mexico City Experience in Old Town San Diego

    … an intimate, living room style dining location with roots in Mexico City , El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria. I’ve lost count of the number of Mexican style restaurants in Old Town . El Agave is the only Mexico City inspired menu in the district, and it has the largest tequila collection in the U.S. – boasting 2,000 bottles. Within this tasteful…

    Taste of Wine TV - Weekly Update- 2 readers -
  • Thank You and Happy 8th Anniversary

    …, my tasting vocabulary challenged and a world of wine expanded. It's about more than just Washington wine. Washington wine remains my touchstone, the place where I live, my inspiration. But there is a world of wine out there. Social Media has been very, very good to me. There is no way I could remain engaged with social media and wine without…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 2 readers -
  • SOL REPUBLIC RELAYS in-ear Headphones Giveaway!

    …! If you’re looking for some new in-ear headphones for a last-minute Christmas gift, these are definitely ones to consider. I’ve been using them for over a month now. They have traveled to Italy and back, have gone on numerous runs with me, and have endured the abuse of two destructive four-year-olds, a husbands three city travel week from…

    Vindulge- 6 readers -
  • Sagrantino: The Insider's Italian Wine

    …. On the nose, I found a seemingly limitless number of aromas, beginning with spicy black pepper and dark chocolate and continuing with damp fall leaves, eucalyptus, and black cherry. The palate revealed mineral complexity—chalk and granite—lending a velvety mouthfeel. Tobacco and dark spices led to a bitter-chocolate finish. More than anything, the 2009…

    Mattie Bamman/ By The Tun- 8 readers -
  • Paolo E Noemia D’Amico Falesia

    … The winery harvested the grapes from 30 year old vines at a vineyard located between Rome and Florence, overlooking Umbria, in the gentile climate of Central Italy. From a flavor profile, it is a Chardonnay that produces an austere, straightforward, no nonsense style that carries tangy, lemony flavors, which finishes slightly soapy…

    Pamela Heiligenthal/ Enobytesin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    … of wine life in Ontario. What stands out and above is the contribution made and presented by the winemakers and vintners in this province. Six out of my 15 choices are from Ontario. The attitude that Ontario wines are too expensive and do not offer good value as compared to similar wines from Chile, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Villabella Vigna Morlongo Bardolino Classico DOC 2013

    … The Villabella Vigna Morlongo Bardolino Classico DOC 2013 is a blend of 55% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 15% Corvinone grown in an estate vineyard on a hillside near Lake Garda in Verona, Italy. Those are local grapes, traditionally used in the production of Bardolino, it seems every Italian town has indigenous local grapes that are only common…

    CHEAP WINE FINDER- 5 readers -
  • Five Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover in your Life

    …-Confidential-Beyond-Basics-Understanding/dp/1611720141. I know wine well, generally, but there are huge gaps in my knowledge. I am good with California wines, and obviously know Mendocino County wines well, but I do not know the over 3,000 wine grape varieties of Italy and I am nearly as ignorant about Sake. Sake is really more like beer than wine, brewed…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 3 readers -
  • The Perfect Gift

    … and violets intermix with savory notes ranging from green herbs to sanguine, rusty iron, to dirty forest floor, all the way to rich cocoa. This is a heck of a lot of wine for $17, and would make a great gift for an adventurous oenophile. BR Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Olive Hill Estate Vineyards 2010 ($34.99) Moving to the safer side of the aisle…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Companyin Syrah Malbec- 1 readers -
  • Sokol Blosser Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

    … for Christmas Day. Sokol Blosser makes holiday gift giving easy. Although the sparkling wines paired well with Christmas dinners, they would just as easily go with New Year’s Eve celebrations with an assortment of foods. Cheers, Terry & Kathy …

    Wine Trail Traveler- 1 readers -
  • Wine of the Week; 2010 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva

    … with international grape varieties like Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. The Wine Cantele produces wine in Salice Salentino DOC of Puglia, which is located in “the heel” of the boot in peninsular Italy. Puglia has had a reputation for producing mostly low-quality bulk wines (a.k.a. “plonk”). In the 21st century though, a growing number of winemakers are more…

    Martin D. Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog- 3 readers -
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