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Red Wine  »  Italian Red Wine

Italy’s wine growing history stretches back further than that of France and was awakened by the Greeks, as evidenced by the name of some of the country’s most ancient grape varieties: Greco and Grechetto. 

Italy produces pretty much the same quantity of wine each year as France (i.e. they are 1st= in the volume stakes), sometimes more, sometimes less, dependant on vintage. Yet subject Italian wine is a much more complicated thing than its French equivalent, at least partially because of the Italian government’s confused attitude to the industry’s governing laws (especially since WWII) and also in part due to Italian wine producers’ propensity for making the wines they want to make, rather then the wine the law stipulates.

What we are left with is a vibrant, increasingly forward-looking country that, yes, is highly frustrating to the consumer wanting to expand his or her knowledge, but one that is also ultimately hugely rewarding. Here are produced some of the world’s greatest red wines (the Baroli and Barbaresci of Piemonte), some true classics in the form of the Brunellos and Chiantis of Tuscany (as well as the less well-known wines of the south (e.g. Taurasi; Aglianico del Vulture), plus truly great modern styles represented by those wines that used to be referred to as vini da tavola in Tuscany.

As for the whites, well, in a nutshell they have long been seen as Italy’s Achilles heel. Even the most died-in-the-wool “reddist” would admit that Friuli, near the border with Slovenia, produces excellent white wines. But everything else was seen as filler. Not so now! I am tasting a great many fascinating and characterful white wines from, yes, Friuli, but also from every region to its west and south, as far as Sardinia and Sicily in the south. There is much to enjoy: thrilling indigenous varieties carefully made from old vineyards.

I urge you to explore. The treasures are awaiting your attention!

 

Red Wine  »  Italian Red Wine
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2015 Nero d'Avola Vitese
Wine Variety: By some distance, Nero D'Avola is Sicily's most widely plante…
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2015 Nero d'Avola Vitese

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Nero d'Avola
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
14%
Region
Region:
Sicily
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Colomba Bianca
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
 
2013 Birbet
Wine Variety: There are numerous grapes including the word Brachetto in the…
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2013 Birbet

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Brachetto
  Style
Style:
Red - light
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
5%
Region
Region:
Piemonte
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Marco Porello
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
8°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Roero
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Colour
Colour:
Sparkling Red
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Puddings
 
2015 Montescudaio Rosso
Wine variety: This is a blend of Sangiovese and Malvasia Nera. Click on each var…
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2015 Montescudaio Rosso

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Sangiovese
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
14%
Region
Region:
Tuscany
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Fattoria Sorbaiano
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
17°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Montescudaio
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
 
2013 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Girapoggio
Wine Variety: The most widely-planted grape of Italy is also an ancient one…
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2013 Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Girapoggio

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Sangiovese
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Emilia Romagna
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Bissoni
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Romagna
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables
       
2013 Carmenere Piu
Wine Variety: Carmenère is an historic Médocain grape variety…
from: £15.00
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2013 Carmenere Piu

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Carmenère
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
Region
Region:
Veneto
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Inama
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
18°C
Appellation
Appellation:
IGT Veneto Rosso
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
  • Game
  • Vegetables
 
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