Italian wine can be baffling! Most people have heard of Chianti. Lots of you probably enjoy a glass of Pinot Grigio or two, maybe the odd Frascati or Soave every now and then. And when you happen upon great Italian wines like Dolcetto and Primitivo when eating in Italy, you will no doubt be contemplating how much friendlier a Cabernet Sauvignon or even a bottle of Muscat would be.
But don’t give in – because according to WineSurf, you’ll be missing out on some of the most diverse and exciting wines in the world! Tony Laithwaite – Chairman of Laithwaites, the UK’s leading independent wine merchant – has just got back from a buying trip to the great wine country of Italy, where he and Mr. Woolrych of Laithwaites wine decided they could quite easily just drink both red and white Italian wines for the next twenty years!
“I’ve since calmed down a tiny bit”, says Tony, “but what really struck me was the quality of the vintage – and the amazing diversity that was available.” And Tony’s not the only one heaping praise on this great harvest. Italy’s leading wine review magazine even stated that the red wine vintage this year is beyond a doubt the best Italy has grown in over a century. As they put it, “The best white wines are spectacular – and on a level with their major competitors: red wine.”
From the Alpines in the north to the perfectly sun-drenched South of Italy, you will easily find Italian wines that are so unique that they are bursting with the type of flavor you would usually only expect from a California wine. These Italian wines, like Merlot and the well loved Italian wine Sauvignon Blanc are now being harvested at a rate that no one could have predicted.
So if you and your taste buds are prepared to go on a wine discovery voyage, Italy is the country to head to! To see what’s got the people at Laithwaites so excited, have a little look at their current Italian range by visiting our web site. And as always, if you would like to start receiving Italian wine every month to your door, then we highly recommend you sign up for an Italian wine club of which there are a TON on the Wine Clubs website.… Continue reading