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Wines of Italy

Italy is well-known for its great wins as well as very good table wines. Italian wines are government controlled and the Italian wines are classified as:

  • DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) — controlled and guaranteed designation of origin
  • DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) — controlled designation of origin
  • IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)
  • Table Wine (Vino da Tavola)

Read the article, In Italy, vineyards worth traveling across half the world.

Italy has your wine, whatever your wine tastes are. Enjoy wine with your meals as the Italians do. Remember wine tasting is an arousal of your senses:

  1. Look at the color of the wine. Reds should have a deep color while whites should be clear.
  2. A dark almost brown edge around the wine indicates an aged wine. A very dark edge might indicate the wine is passed its time and bad.
  3. Swirl the wine in your glass to release its bouquet. A wine glass should never be filled to the top.
  4. Put your nose in the glass and smell the aromas. A full glass might drown you.
  5. Close your eyes and try to imagine the smells.
  6. Now sip the wine and swirl it in your mouth to get the odors into the back of your throat and nose.
  7. Swallow and complete the taste.

Did you enjoy the wine? Wine is one of the most complex substances on Earth. Enjoy it slowly and fully. An Enoteca in Italy is a place to test many different wines. They usually serve small dishes of food to clear your palate and better enjoy your wine tasting experience.



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An Enoteca is a special type of wine store that originated in Italy. It is a Wine Library. The idea is to have owners of a local wine group on hand to serve wine and answer questions about it. Visiting an Enoteca is rewarding in that you can try many types of local wines and understand how they are made and from what grape they are produced. These are small bars that specialize in wine. Usually you sit at the bar and can speak with a knowledgeable person as you try the wines.

As in all bars in Italy, alcohol is served with food. An Enoteca usually serves small plates of food or even small sandwiches. The idea is not to get drunk but to taste different wines and learn about them. This can be an inexpensive and enjoyable way to have a small dinner with wine.

The Enoteca can be found in most large Italian cities and in some smaller ones. It is a great way to learn and sample which wines are local to the area you are in. You can also buy a bottle or two of these local wines.

These special bars are showing up all over America. For the real experience, you will have to travel to Italy!

George & Jo Anne


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