Yesterday we spoke about White Truffles. What goes great with truffles? Wine of course. Italy has many wine regions. In fact the whole country is divided into wine regions. Everyone drinks and enjoys wine in Italy. Wine Folly lists these regions and the wines that come from each.
Everyone has heard of Chianti but Italy produces other great wines. The Brunello is one of the great wines from Italy. It can be expensive but is among the best wines in the world.
Here are some of the wines and regions (see map above) with wines you might have tried:
- Valpolicella from Veneto
- Super Tuscan, Chianti, Barolo, Brunello and Sangiovese from Tuscany
- Orvieto from Umbria
- Cabernet Sauvignon from Abruzzo
- Chardonnay from Puglia
Chianti is by far the most popular Italian wine. If you choose a Chianti, look for one with a Black Cock on the neck of the bottle. This is the sign of the best Chianti in Italy. Producers have to follow strict standards to be able to display the black cock.
Have a fun wine tasting party. Select 2 or 3 wines from a region. Cover each bottle and label it A, B, C etc. Have your guests taste each and vote on their favorite. This is a great way to taste related wines blindly and see what you enjoy.
George & Jo Anne