Each year, it is not uncommon for Italy to find itself at the top of a number of wine-related lists, not the least of which ranks it as the largest producer, exporter and consumer of wine in the world.
This fact is all the more impressive when you consider that Italy is not a very large country. Even considering the roughly 8 billion bottles of wine it produces each year, the country manages to stay true to wine styles that go back four thousand years. As a result, Italy not only has more local grape varieties than any other country, but it also has some of the most distinctive wines on Earth.
One of the major considerations with Italy's unique wine style is the wide range of diverse cultures that exist throughout its twenty wine regions. Each of these cultures has a robust sense of pride that translates directly into wine making. At best, understanding Italian wine is intimidating, at worst it seems all but impossible.
Like any journey of significance, it's best to take it one step at a time.
The Italian Wine & Dessert Event is a great starting point!
PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA
MASSA DEL TACCO - PRIMITIVO DOP
14% Alc. By Vol
Hand harvest and timely processing of the grape with rasping.
Maceration in steel tanks at controlled temperature and short maturation in steel on the yeasts.
Deep intense ruby red, smells of blackberries and strawberry jam, rosemary, violet and hummus. Smooth in the mouth, complex, full-bodied and very persistent.
ROSÉ SPARKLING EXTRA DRY
South-Eastern Friuli - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Merlot 80% - Refosco 20%
Early harvest of the two varieties, soft pressing of grapes. Blending and
secondary fermentation in pressure tank as per Italian method.
Bright pink. The nose recalls red berries such as raspberry, currant and strawberry. Light, fine and lingering perlage.
ABBAZIA - CHARMANT SPARKLING WINE
7% alc. by Vol
Abbazia di San Gaudenzio.
Young and fresh sparkling wine with brilliant light pink color. It has a fresh Moscato aroma and taste.
COSTAROSS - EXTRA DRY
11% alc. by Vol
Charmat method in steel autoclave in compliance with the regulation of the Materia, obtaining an extra dry young wine, exciting and perfect in all the occasion
Bright straw yellow wine with greenish reflections.
Lively perlage, and intense scents of white flowers and golden apple. Fresh, elegant and soft at taste, pleasantly sugary.