Please join me as I continue to explore the many wonderful Italian wine regions. This week, I decided to take a slightly different approach. I will compare and contrast two Italian regions that are about as different as they come: Piedmont and Basilicata. In looking at these two regions, you don’t get many more exact opposites in a single country. Not only are these regions located completely opposite one another; their cuisine and wines are a study in contrasts borne by geography and history. [Read more…]
In preparation for my upcoming trip to Italy, I invite you to join me on my exploratory journey through the Italian wine regions! This week, the region of focus is Trentino-Alto Adige. [Read more…]
In my last blog, I broke down the Italian wine classification system. Italian wine regions are as distinct as their regional cuisines. For the next several blogs, I will highlight various Italian wine regions for their great wine and food pairings. Today’s focus: Abruzzo (Abruzzi in Italian), situated in the central part of Italy, to the east of Rome on the Adriatic Sea. [Read more…]
In my article entitled Why Is Italian Wine Intimidating?, I highlighted two of the complexities associated with Italian wine: wine naming conventions and the vast number of wine regions, wine producers and wine varieties. In this article, I will do my best to decode the Italian wine classification system. [Read more…]
We’re going to have a lot of fun over the next few months as we explore Italian wine. But before all the fun, I need to start out with a somewhat serious subject – the fact that many people are intimidated by Italian wine. Really? Really!
Over the next several blog articles, I will highlight Italy’s wine classification system, its regions, grape varietals and anything else related to Italy’s wine in between. It’s going to be a fun and enlightening journey!