Italy is considered the home country of wine, and is world’s second largest wine producer behind France. Wine is not simply considered a drink in Italy, but it is part of Italian culinary tradition, especially when gathering around a family’s table. A lot of people in Italy treat themselves to a glass of wine a day whether at lunch, dinner, or as a drink during the late afternoon Aperitivo, the Italian version of Happy hour.
We want to start our journey across the Italian wines, selecting and highlighting the features of the following three grapes, and suggesting a good match with some Italian recipes:
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What are the best Italian wines by region? Italy is home to delicate, refreshing white wines, bold and powerful or fruity and subtle reds and, of course, to delicious sparkling wines to be enjoyed as an aperitivo or with dessert. The list of whites and reds that satisfy the most demanding palates is long, and runs throughout the Italian territory. Italy produces some of the most beautiful varietal wines made of one, or more, specific grape. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country.
La Gioiosa Organic Prosecco Spumante Brut DOC- From North of Italy
Prosecco Sparkling White Wine produced from Glera grapes in the wonderful hillside vineyards of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia (Northeastern Italian regions). Within the vast area of DOC Prosecco, including nine provinces between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, there is the historic area of the Province of Treviso where La Gioiosa has its headquarters and has been producing its wines since generations.
This fresh and elegant wine is perfect to be enjoyed throughout the meal, starting with the aperitif.
We tried it paired with a Cream of Asparagus and Poached Egg. We hope that you’ll also enjoy the creaminess of this delicate soup-er dish enhanced by the freshness of this lovely Prosecco.
Noelia Ricci Bró – Trebbiano Forlí IGT White Wine- From Centre of Italy
Noelia Ricci is a family winery from the Emilia Romagna region, established in 2010 and located near the Sangiovese wine-growing area of Predappio. Noelia Ricci Bró – IGT White Wine, featuring a strong minerality, a salty juiciness and citrus notes, is produced from Trebbiano grapes and is vinified with the skins of Pagadebit grapes.
Masseria Supreno Nero di Troia IGT Red Wine- From South of Italy
You will be conquered by the intense ruby red color, the intense berry fruit aroma and the well balanced structure of Masseria Supreno Nero di Troia IGT Red Wine, 100% made by Uva di Troia grape.
This grape is sourced from the southern Italian province of Puglia from vineyards around the cities of Andria and Barletta, it matures only in mid-October, contributing dark sweet, but structured wine must.
We suggest you to pair this wine with a dish of cheese and charcuterie, with a succulent dish of pasta al ragu di brasciole (Recipe: meat roll-ups), or with with a dish of Spaghetti all’ assassina (see picture below).
Quoting an Italian saying, don’t forget that “il vino fa buon sangue” (wine makes good blood). This old saying has been now proven by science, showing that the range of benefits to health brought by wine is quite high.
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