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    The best way to make sense of Italian red wines is to simply start tasting them. Italy offers the perfect red wine for every occasion—from pizza on Monday, to roast beef with the in-laws on Sunday, and everything between.

    Many of Italy’s best red wines are labeled with the name of the wine appellation, often in combination with the grape variety. If you’ve ever felt completely overwhelmed while browsing an Italian wine section, knowing just a few key wine names will help keep your shopping trip focused and ensure that you have the perfect wine to drink at a moment’s notice.

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    Though the casual wine consumer may be familiar with just a few of Italy’s most acclaimed appellations, such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello di Montalcino, there is an astonishing array of high-quality wines available throughout the Italian peninsula that have yet to be discovered by the American public.

    Italy has a long-standing tradition of producing wines of exceptional quality. Today’s Italian winemakers follow in the footsteps of the Ancient Romans, who established a rich wine culture over 2,000 years ago. There are even tales about the coveted 121 B.C. vintage of the legendary Falernian wine, which was enjoyed for decades by the Roman elite.[1] During the Middle Ages, winemaking traditions were kept alive in Italy primarily by Catholic monks who produced wine for sacramental purposes. With the Renaissance, wine culture became more sophisticated, especially for members of the upper class who became more interested in its sensory pleasures.[2]


    • #3
      Thanks to advancements in vinification and aging techniques, wine quality improved greatly in Italy during the 19th century. Unfortunately, Italy’s along with Europe’s vineyards were dealt a major blow by the devastating phylloxera infestation during the late 1800s, as well as by the economic hardship of the world wars later on. Following this, producers were forced to focus on quantity over quality, and thus, for much of the 20th century, the reputation of Italy’s wines deteriorated.[3]

      However, all this was to change with the birth of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata laws, or DOC, which coincided with a grass-roots movement to preserve the high-quality wines of small-production estates, which were dwindling in number during Italy’s post-war economic boom. One of the movement’s most vocal spokespeople was Luigi Veronelli, a journalist and intellectual who devoted his life to safeguarding Italy’s winemaking and culinary traditions. Veronelli became a champion of traditional agricultural methods and worked tirelessly to encourage producers to focus on local grape varieties and historical production practices.[4] His efforts helped establish many of Italy’s current denominations and crus.[5] Veronelli’s philosophy about the art of winemaking is perhaps best expressed in his famous proclamation, “Wine is cultivated and not manufactured like lifeless things.


      • #4
        To conform with the European Union’s food and wine classification categories, Italy has recently adopted a second classification system consisting of Generic Wines, PGI wines (Protected Geographical Indication), and PDO wines (Protected Designation of Origin). Italy’s VDT wines fall under the Generic Wines category, while IGT wines are classified as PGI. Italy’s DOC and DOCG wines are grouped into the PDO classification. The EU regulations permit member states to continue to refer to their original classification levels; therefore, the acronyms DOC, DOCG and IGT are still commonly found on Italian wine labels.


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          The DOC white Curtefranca wine is one of several types of wine provided by the name Curtefranca DOC. Each discipline of the DOC denominations provides for specific types of wine, which diversify according to their ampelographic composition, i.e. for the vines granted for their production, for the winemaking procedures and for the unique sensory characteristics of the wine. The vines that fall into the ampelographic composition of the DOC white Curtefranca wine are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Enosearcher is the biggest Italian wine shops search motor. Daily updates of prices and availability for the finest online shops.