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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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  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is considered to be its native region’s most interesting white variety. Its history typifies the evolution...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Aglianico

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

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  • Scoperta Terre Siciliane Italy Pinot Grigio 2016


    a pleasant wine, while a little tart, it does not detract. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Mark, nice one there, don't believe I've tried anything ... a fairly ... a fairly popular grape in southern Italy but is somewhat sparsely planted in the States. The Italians seem to be doing it but I don't know of any other US producers making a rose out of it other than Ryan and Megan Glaab. Gotta say this is one tasty rose, more strawberry ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Whole ____load of Italian whites tonight. Mostly Sicilian, Calabrian and ... ... not as good. What's with southern Italy throwing all these French grapes at us these days?Had a few reds, too, and the southern Italians again were throwing French (cabs and merlots) at us, though not too successfully. I voted for the Langhe nebbiolo on the red fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2011


    Gorgeous fruit and spice aromas of black currant and black pepper are heady, warm and inviting. Wintry and spiced on the palate, this has drying earth notes of resinous toast and gripping tannins, plum and blackberry fruit and dark chocolate notes, leathery and firm with a chewy finish of cinnamon. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2014


    Elaine bought at Wie Guy. Says have with steak or pasta. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • I haven't played in this conversation for a while, mostly, because most of my purchases, lately, have been daily drinkers from places like Costco and Trader Joe's.Today we were over in Gardena.  Gardena does not have many claims to fame:  it was, I believe, the first community in Southern California to allow card casinos, it was the location of ... Read More

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  • If you're looking for excuses to spend more money on the event, you can ... ... white like Falanghina in southern Italy. Translate that to even Kiwi pinot grigios if you must. Sparkling works, too. Ripe stone fruit, first choice peaches, then apricots and nectarines before plums, I would think. Skinned, with cuts down to the stone, or possibly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria

  • I am a an artist who loves to travel with my wife to food and wine rich parts of the world. Our favorites are California and Italy. We are about to explore the southern part of Italy from Rome down to the Amalfi Coast this summer and I expect to grow my Italian wine selections.My art website is where you can find out more... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving Place at 17th Street between Park Avenue South & 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 Ticket Price: $49Register here: better way to celebrate the holiday season than by spending a Sunday afternoon sipping and learn... Read More

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  • Keeping with the summery peaches theme, you could always go with a Bellini, ... versions of Sangria, from southern Italy, is a pitcher half to 2/3 full of Falanghina topped off with peeled peach halves. Let it sit covered either in the fridge or in a bucket of ice for a few hours, and you're in busines Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...

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