In our virtual wine tour, we linger a little longer in the north of Italy, just under the boot “cuff,” namely in Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s wealthiest and most robust areas. This region stretches out from her central capital city Bologna almost coast to coast, east from the Ligurian Sea to the Adriatic on the western shore. As you might expect, being virtually bound on two sides by water in a historically trade-dense and tumultuous area, Emilia-Romagna has a rich and lively history that influences her wine production even today. [Read more…]
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is Italy’s most northeastern wine region. It shares borders with Austria, Slovenia and Venice and, according to lifeinitaly.com, is “by far the most easily accessible region from outside of Italy and has traditionally acted as a gateway for Germanic and Slavic invaders over the centuries.” Some of her wines originate from Slovenia, and others have historical significance due to their influence in ancient noble circles.
In my first article about Friuli-Venezia Giulia, I talked about the three regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto combined are called Tre Venezie, which means Three Venices. According to Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, Tre Venezie is known for making “Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines, including some of the raciest sparkling wines,…[along with] a slew of fascinating reds.”
In this series on Italian wine regions, I’m highlighting a red and white varietal from each region. [Read more…]
Nestled in northern Italy, at the “boot’s” upper cuff, right below the Austrian and Swiss borders, lies the Italian wine region Trentino-Alto Adige. Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the three northeastern regions of Italy. The other two regions are Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto. The three regions combined are called Tre Venezie, which means Three Venices. According to Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, Tre Venezie is known for making “Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines, including some of the raciest sparkling wines,…[along with] a slew of fascinating reds.” [Read more…]
In this current series on Italian wine regions, we are highlighting a single red and white wine that are most distinct to each wine region. In this third installment, we stop in Piemonte, which cups Valle D’Aosta to the south and east. It is one of the larger Italian wine regions, with five broad zones that span eight provinces. [Read more…]
Lombardy and Umbria make an odd couple. There is very little in common between the two regions. From the wealthy haute couture of Lombardy to the “Green Heart” of Italy, Umbria. The one thing they do have in common is great culinary and wine adventures. Let’s get started. [Read more…]