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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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Aglianico

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

  • 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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Southern Italy on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Amazing wine produced in...


  • Marramiero "Inferi" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Italy 2008

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    **First time guests to my venue & I started w/ Nero D'Avola and ended with Inferi. -Not short on Big, this wine is Big and closed the deal. If you want Bakers Chocolate and deep cassis; this is your wine.Great Job Marramiero. & I am sure they were pleased by the price point.. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • Castellani Primitivo 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Karl, can you go into more detail about what you drink (or want to drink) from Switzerland? Have had cases and cases of pinot noir (both red and rose versions) from Valais and elsewhere over the years, since I often in the past was in and out of the Lake Geneva vicinity. Always on the lookout for what's good to look for on my next visit. Unfortu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 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...


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