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The wines of Southern Italy have a come a long way to catch up to those farther north in global reverence. Civilizations have dwelled here since ancient times, and some regions, because of their geographic position, have experienced numerous invasions, with cultural influences from all over. The Southern Italian wine industry has indeed been successful, but for a long time what many people got to drink wasn’t the best of what this part of the country had to offer, and it probably came from a big jug. 
 
The Greeks have been credited with planting some of the most famous local grapes. Falanghina, a refreshing, tropical-fruity white found in Campania was one of the grapes that made up the blend for Falernum, the most famous of Roman wines. So was Aglianico, now renowned for its versatility, ageworthyness and elegance, especially in the volcanic soils of the acclaimed DOCGs Taurasi in Campagnia and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. Greco Bianco and Gaglioppo are the main Read more »

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  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is considered to be its native region’s most interesting white variety. Its history typifies the evolution...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Keeping with the summery peaches theme, you could always go with a Bellini, ... versions of Sangria, from southern Italy, is a pitcher half to 2/3 full of Falanghina topped off with peeled peach halves. Let it sit covered either in the fridge or in a bucket of ice for a few hours, and you're in busines Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  • Dominic Hentall Sangiovese Negroamaro IGT 2014

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Very dark opaque Red Purple in the Glass. Opens with Baking Yeast, Flour, and Sour Cherry; a bit of Tar, Oak, and Plum; Flint, Leather, and Cherry; Loads of fruit in a medium round mouthful. Very acidic and tannic which smooths out as it opens further. Rather rustic and a bit too fruit forward for my taste, but int... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2010

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    1st things 1st - I was screwing around with another photo and accidentally put up the correct one - my bad. "We call these the "Baby Portos of Italy". After aging properly there is a sweetness that combines with the plush dark berry fruits that when added to the tannic and acidic structure just remind us of baby port wines. Well done "- Paul.88 ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Glad you have your priorities straight, DGC!I've encountered this, too, on and off over the years. Not common, but common enough to remember clearly and recognize quickly after multiple occurrences. Have had it from wines of South America, Eastern Europe, North Africa and off-locations like India and other parts of Asia (from Near East over to E... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • "but, alas, they usually are not available for retail purchase."NG, here's a simple example in your neighborhood. That merchant usually has something interesting at a decent price. I post this one because I've had it on site (meaning on that island, not in some virtual reality). One of my favorite parts of Italy, though there are several of thos... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Puglia is southern Italy, every bit as much so as Campania, and even more rustic since no emperors wanted villas there, nor republics to be founded there, nor overseas kingdoms to conquer there, compared to the Tyrrehnian side of the peninsula. Lots of pirates in the old days, and many areas are bleak, poor and blasted. Very interesting cuisine,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • "The red-checked tablecloth places with the bottle of Chianti are perfect examples of pan-Italian."My favorite Italian place in Tokyo (hope my Tuscan chef/owner-friend Mario who runs another restaurant I often frequent doesn't read this) has red-checked tablecloths and is literally named 'Chianti'.  ;-)    Was an in-spot for celebs back in the '... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here


  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Good going RBA, hopefully they work out well for you and you can track their ... ... hand picked wines of Southern Italy (no Piedmont, no Tuscany), which are often wines with little to no distribution in the states. Sommelier Shelley Lindgren is behind it, and due to it's success has opened more restaurants I believe, though the name of the o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • My husband and I traveled to southern Italy last year and while in Taormina, Sicily, Italy we had a wonderful almond wine.  It is more of a dessert wine, but not too sweet like I've found with other dessert wines.  I would like to find somewhere I could order it online or even from some place in the States.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for almond wine


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