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Italian Wine

//Italian Wine

Italian Wine

With over 21,000 wineries located in 20 regions, Italian wines offer something for every palate, either with food or by themselves. From the north to the south, east to west, Italy produces thousands of wines from what seems to be hundreds of grape varieties, some dating back 4,000 years or more. The climate in Italy varies dramatically from region to region, Sicily and Sardinia are a long ways away from Trentino-Alto Adige or the Piedmont, and the wines are as different as the foods and customs. While Italy’s climate is generally categorized as Mediterranean, the great variety of altitudes, temperatures, wind currents and soil variations mean that certain grapes will just do better in some locations than others.

Where to start?

How about a clean and refreshing, not too dry Prosecco, either by itself or flavored with fresh fruit or fruit nectars, a delicious way to entertain your friends and sure to stimulate both conversation and ones appetite.

Treat yourself with a bottle of Montesel, really good wine!

Arneis, Fiano di Avellino, Gavi, Grillo, Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, just to name a few of the great white wines from Italy that are perfect for summertime foods and entertaining. These wines work extremely well with salads, lighter pasta dishes, grilled shrimp or chicken and any number of finger foods and dips. Too many good ones to choose from but three of my favorites are Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio, Mignanego Gavi, and an incredible Vermentino from Moris Farms.

Did you know that Vitiano, an excellent producer in Umbria, has come out with a rosato?

The wine is deep coral pink in color with clean, juicy aromas of strawberries and cranberries, along with the scent of roses. Vitiano Rosato is the perfect wine for summer, dry, medium bodied, and refreshing. Rose of this quality is delicious with salads or grilled vegetables and unbelievable with grilled salmon or tuna.

Too much white or pink for you?

Even the white wine producers in Italy can’t help but drink the reds, they’re just too good! Everyone knows about Chianti, Amarone, Barolo and Brunello, well how about Nero d’Avola, Cannonau di Sardegna or a big fat Primitivo (a.k.a. Zinfandel)? Think about what region your food originated in and try to pick a wine that coincides with that area. This is old school food and wine pairing going back a thousand years or more, regional foods paired with regional wines. Grilled octopus with a Nero d’Avola from Sicily (there should be a surplus since the Wings didn’t use their allocation), wild boar braised for hours served with a spicy Primitivo from Puglia, or a selection of beautifully aged cheeses with the Cannonau di Sardegna, no wonder they live so long!

So many other great wines from Italy like Vin Santo, Moscato d’Asti, Vermouth Apertivo, Amaro, and more!

Please come in and visit Merchant’s Fine Wine’s and talk to our experts in the Wine Department for more recommendations from our Italian Wine selection.