October is wine making season and oenophiles everywhere are celebrating. Wine can be daunting to choose depending on region, year, and reviews. There is no question that Italy is one of the biggest wine producers in the world. In 2017 alone, Italian imports grew by five percent despite early frost and rainstorms. The wine world is expanding exponentially with domestic and foreign imports from places such as South Africa, California, and New Zealand. Although wines from these areas can be quite good, we put together a list for the tried and true in Italian wines. Here is our Beginners Guide of Best Italian wines of 2017.
A blend of several varietals native to Italy made in a semi sparkling form. It is actually one of the oldest blends originating in Italy. Lambrusco has a slight fizz and pairs well with a cheese and charcuterie plate.
A native to the Marche region, Pecorino is a dry wine with floral and fruit notes. The crisp wine, not to be confused with Pecorino cheese, has medium acidity and makes an excellent pairing with seafood, chicken,and pork.
If you’re looking for wine with great value and great taste, Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo makes our list. This hearty red wine comes from the Abruzzo and surrounding region. This wine makes a great complement with pasta and meat dishes.
Amarone della Valpolicella
It is best to save this red for a special occasion. It can be priced somewhere between $50 to $60 but very well worth it. Valpolicella is an area located just outside of Verona meaning “valley of many cellars”; a fitting name for the home of Romeo and Juliet. It considered the patriarch of the valpolicella grape and makes our list of a definite must try.
Falanghina Terredora 2016
One of Italy’s unsung wines is the Falanghina Terredora. This wine is big in the Campania region of Italy and bountiful on tables in Naples and the surrounding coasts. Full bodied with notes of pear and citrus fruits, try this
with a seafood risotto or other fish and poultry.
This harvest season, don’t be afraid to check your local retailer’s Chairman’s Selection or download apps such as Vivino and Delectable for the latest in Italian wines! In Vino Veritus!
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