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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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2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Le Salare
Wine Variety: Montepulciano is an important red variety of central and sout…
from: £9.50
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2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Le Salare

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Montepulciano
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Abruzzo
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
SABA
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
15°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Salads
  • Vegetables
 
2017 Nero Buono Polluce
Wine Variety: Nero Buono is a dark-skinned variety coming from the commune …
from: £11.00
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2017 Nero Buono Polluce

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Nero Buono
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Lazio
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cincinatto
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
 
2016 Lagrein Dunkel
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Wine Variety: There are some very early mentions of a grape variety called …
from: £11.50
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2016 Lagrein Dunkel

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Lagrein
  Style
Style:
Red - full-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Trentino-Alto Adige
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Bottega Vinai, Cavit
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
17°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Valle del Sarca
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2022
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Beef
  • Casseroles and Stews
  • Game
  • Lamb
  • Vegetables
 
2016 Grignolino
Wine Variety: Grignolino has been around in the Asti/Monferrato region for …
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2016 Grignolino

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Grignolino
  Style
Style:
Red - light
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Piedmont
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
San Silvestro
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
17°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Vegetables
       
2018 Corvina
Grape Variety: Corvina Veronese (to give it its full name) is the staple grape o…
from: £12.00
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2018 Corvina

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Corvina
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
Region
Region:
Veneto
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Monte Tondo
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
IGT Veneto
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Canapés
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Pork
  • Vegetables
 
2016 Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
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Wine Variety: Tear-shaped berries perhaps gave this variety its name, since…
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2016 Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Lacrima
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Le Marche
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Cantina Zaccagnini
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
15°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Vegetables
 
2016 Cesanese Rosso
Wine Variety: Cesanese is the red grape of Lazio, that central It…
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2016 Cesanese Rosso

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Cesanese
  Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
Country
Country:
Italy
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
Region
Region:
Lazio
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
Producer
Producer:
Casale Giglio
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
21°C
Appellation
Appellation:
Lazio IGP
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
 
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