Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Did You Know?... About Italian Varietals

Italy has a wine culture all its own. Many of its grapes can only be found here:

Moscato: A white grape, used to make a sweet sparkling wine.
Fruliano: The main white wine of the Fruili region, with delicate flavors.
Trebbiano: Blended with Garganega to make Soave wine, this is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world.
Verdicchio: An aggressively acidic white wine made in the Marche region near Rome.

Aglianico: A big, "rustic" wine from the Campania region
Barbera: Easier to grow than Nebbiolo, it produces a lighter wine.
Nebbiolo: The grape used in Barolo wines, probably the most renowned Italian grape.
Primitivo: The ancestor of Zinfandel.
Sangiovese: Used to make the well known Chianti wine.

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