Category: Wine

Italian House Wine

Italian House wineAll throughout Italy you can wander into the local trattoria and be served up a nice glass of “house wine” usually poured from a glass carafe.

What makes these wines so special is that each region you visit may have their own version of a house wine as well as the families you may encounter.

House wines are usually fresh and fruity, low on tannins but always very food friendly.

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Italian Merlot, a bending grape that can stand on its own

Merlot Italian wine - cooking classes in Bologna

One would think with the multitude of indigenous grapes that italy would not need to import any varietals but the fact is that Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah do very well in the accommodating Italian climate.

Merlot was the first French variety to be planted in Italy following the phylloxera epidemic and was planted in the more northern regions of Veneto, Friuli and Trentino. The popular grape soon found it’s way south to Lombardy, Lazio and Campania.

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Albana, Italy’s first white grape variety awarded DOCG status

Albana wine Emilia Romagna - cooking classes Bologna

Albana is a grape grown mostly in the western part of the Romagna region.

It thrives in the calcareous sandy soils formed by the geological formation known as spungone romagnolo.

The grape offers the producer a variety of choices of how it can be turned into wine, from a dry table wine to a sweet dessert wine made in the passato method from dried grapes.

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Barbera: a popular food friendly wine

BarberaBarbera is one of Italy’s third most common red grape and is grown throughout the country, and one of the fifteen most planted varieties in the world.

It is most famous in the Piedmont, where it shares the slopes with its more sought after neighbor, nebbiolo. It is also common in Lombardy and can be found in the hills of Emilia Romagna.

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Sangiovese italian red wineSangiovese is one of Italy’s most widely grown and important grapes.

It can be grown almost anywhere in Italy but is most famous for the wines it produces in Tuscany, most notably Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. However, it is also an important grape in Romagna, with origins dating back to the Etruscans. The grapes are grown on the hills from Imola down to Rimini and can produce wines meant to be enjoyed early or can be aged for years. The hills around Fiori, known as the Predappio sub region, produce particularly fine wines that will rival any found in Tuscany.

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