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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Primitivo

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Verdicchio

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

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  • 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

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  • "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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • AoK - it's not that difficult if you think about the history. In Europe, the guys would go out and plant some vines and if a particular vine put out some pretty good grapes, they'd take cuttings, root those, and get more of that grape. When invaders or travellers showed up or when people travelled elsewhere, they'd see something that looked prom... Read More

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  • I'm with you, Mark, on the passion fruit (esp. since it'll be chemical, anyway, and I assume you're referring to some marketed powder or prepared bottle monstrosities). I also can understand where you come from on the Jack and the crisps, though I grew up on both, but will not agree with your 'unnatural' term for garlic in olive oil. Don't know ... Read More

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  • You can search past Forum threads for examples of differing wine approaches to ... Portugal or Falanghina from southern Italy, and half a good Riesling Kabinett from Germany....&nbs Read More

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  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a multi billion dollar corporation anyones's "local."  Now, back in 1975 when there were a half dozen stores in Southern Cal.  (SFV to Santa Ana only), that would have made some sense.That aside, there are many good wines available at TJ's at very low prices.  The Epicurio l... Read More

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  • Hello all!  We have a little place in the southern part of Italy, Vibo Valentia.  Every time I revisit there is something new to find, see and learn.  Last Fall, I left some newly bought wine from our local supermarket near Zambrone.  It cost me around EURO 6.   These two I particularly love so much are made from Gaglioppo grape and the Greco Bi... Read More

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