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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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Grande Alberone NV

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    My Rating :88. This is a strange concoction. Sold by Aldi USA. for $ 8.99. Received the wine prize in Berlin 2013. Has no Vintage year on it and comes from a blend of different Italian Regions. This wine is full bodied has a fruity well balanced tatste with a hint of sweet. Reminds me of a Provence Rhone wine. Nose is well balanced appealing and... Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because they got grapes from the Greeks so long ago and they have had so much time to mutate. The southern part of the country was called Oenotria (or Enotria) by the Greeks--land of the vine.  They thought it would be perfect for wine, but, in another irony, the north has turned out to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian grape varieties


  • Achalk:  Until Snooth changed my handle (so I could get a byline), it was Foxall and everyone just called me Fox.  Just so you are up on the nomenclature. Hardly anyone besides my wife and my parents uses my first name, so it sounds odd on here. I hope we have many exchanges, and that will save you typing a few letters on the keyboard.I did look... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Roussanne The Next...


  • Dear Wine Peeps,Where is Temecula? We are in Southern California, just 90 ... ... has been often compared to Southern Italy and France. Our soil as a high granite composition, and we get nightly coastal breezes that cool the grapes. We are know for having a dominate Rhone variety and many other interesting varietals...like Grenache, Syrah, Cab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Temecula WIne Buzz


  • It’s always a thrill when you find that perfect pairing.It happened this weekend when having a casual dinner with friends who had just returned from southern France. We nibbled on tomato salad, fennel salami, lentils and green beans, and a special treat, duck breast rolled with foie gras (smuggled back in their suitcase).After depleting the firs... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Reds That Sparkle ...


  • Hello everyone, my name is Mike Madaio and I'm excited to be a part of the Snooth Mentor program, focusing on Italian wines. Despite the subject heading (which means - I think - "Let's drink some Italian wine!"), I am not from Italy, but I was raised in an Italian-American family and thus have targeted (but not limited!) my obsessions to that cu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Beviamo del vino Italiano!


  • Mastroberardino White Blend Campania IGT 2008

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    Wine review by smiles813


  • Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino 2009

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    This is fairly fruity on the nose, and could be easy to dismiss with the prominent apricot fruit but further inspection reveals lovely fennel, honeycomb, and jasmine undertones. Rather lean on the palate, fresh and direct with an impression that is very similar to the aromatics, apricot with fennel edges and some light hazelnuts tones picking up... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castellani Primitivo 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ecclesiastes114


  • I Piani Isola Dei Nerughi I.G.T. Rosso 2007

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    Very tasty wine, intensive aroma Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


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