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Apr 14, 2007 11:30 AM

Italian vineyards and wineries.

In May my cousin is going to be traveling through Italy and would like to know what is a good wine to get. My wine knowledge is not good enough to tell her what to keep an eye out for. So, if anyone knows of any places she should go, or good bottles to get, that would be really great!!!


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  1. Too wide a question for a short answer.
    Some homework required prior to her trip.
    Here's an easy to read, very informative guide:

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    1. re: RicRios

      Agree with RicRios. I'm happy to help. I've traveled to Italy many times and would be pleased to guide your cousin, but WHERE is she going? Not just a region, but specific towns. Once you identify that, then we can answer your question.

    2. What region(s) and cities will she be visiting? Different regions specialize in different kinds of wine. For example, if she's headed to Tyrol in the north, she'd want to look out for Lagrein and Teroldego, but if she's headed to Sicily, she's better off looking for Nero D'Avola and Primitivo.

      1. I'd want to get something that wasn't available here. A little story: when we were in Tuscany a couple of years ago, we visited the relatively small wine producer Corzano e Paterno. It was a visit that had been arranged for us ahead of time by the great folks at my favorite wine shop (Moore Brothers) here at home. We were treated to a sampling of a number of different wines, each one better than the one before, and I wanted to bring at least one bottle of EVERYTHING back with me. But I was talked out of that by owner Joschi Goldschmidt. He said there was no reason to bring back any wines I could buy back home. But the story changed when we tasted his vin santo. As I understand it, because the alcohol content in vin santo is dependent on the outdoor temperature during aging, it varies from one year to the next. And by law, vin santo must have an alcohol content between 14% and 17%. Well that year their vin santo only reached 13.5% alcohol, so it could not legally be sold as vin santo; instead, they dubbed it "vin profano". THIS, they told us, was a wine I would NOT be able to get anywhere else. Furthermore, this delicious golden elixir was unlikely to be affected by warmer-than-desirable shipping temperatures. And so we returned home with several bottles of "vin profano" in tow -- and stories about one incredible afternoon and evening spent sipping wine on a veranda overlooking some of Tuscany's most exquisite scenery.

        This is my long-winded way of suggesting that your cousin speak with some knowledgeable folks at a small boutique wine shop where she lives, and ask for personal recommendations about wineries to visit and wines to buy there.

        1. One other thought -- a book that I traveled with that was VERY helpful is entitled "A Traveller's Wine Guide to Italy" by Stephen Hobley. It not only describes Italian wines by region, it also lists names, phone numbers, visiting hours, visiting restrictions and email addresses of may wineries throughout Italy. With this information at hand, arrangements for winery visits can be made by email before your cousin leaves on her trip.

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          1. re: CindyJ

            Sorry for the broadness... She is going to be going to Florence, Rome, Milan and Venice. I am not certain of any side trips that they will be taking. I will have fun looking up all the cites and books that everyone has recomended.

            1. re: ekeeney

              Florence, Rome, Milan, Venice, plus side trips and winery visits...
              Well, your friend certainly has quite a few nice and interesting years ahead of her.

                  1. re: ekeeney

                    Here some Campanian wines...I would try bottles from Macchialipa, Terredora, Antonio Caggiano, Benito Ferrara, De Concilius, Mustilli, Ocone..there are so many! It is an exciting area with wines brought from the Greeks.


                    -Taurasi has an intense ruby color, which with age tends to show garnet hues and/or amber reflections. Tasting notes may include hints of cherry, wild berries, tobacco, liquorice, oak, tar, and black pepper. It’s best served with red meat, wild game, and mature cheeses, such as caciocavallo (provolone) or parmigiano.

                    -Aglianico is dense ruby red, sometimes with violet hues. Toasted almonds, wild berries, nutmeg, plum, spicy cloves are some of the aromas and flavors that may come to mind when drinking this ancient varietal. The aromas and flavors always depend on the location and the wine producer’s vision. Great with pasta, white and red meat, soups, and antipasti.


                    -Greco di Tufo tends to be straw yellow in color with a bit of gold tints. Various fruits contribute to the taste of Greco di Tufo, but this doesn't mean it’s sweet! Apples, white peaches, apricots, and local citrus fruits are blended together give the wine its unique taste. Greco di Tufo can be paired with shellfish, grilled fish and chicken, soft cheeses (mozzarella di bufala).

                    -Falanghina is pale, bright yellow. Falanghina is an excellent beginning to dinner with antipasti. It’s light, fresh, and clean. Local annurca apples are the key aroma along with hints of nutmeg and maybe a bit of toasted Virginia tobacco. Serve with seafood, vegetables, risotto, carpaccio, chicken, turkey, and soft cheeses.

                    -Fiano di Avellino's medium gold appearance is telling of the toasted hazelnuts, almonds, and honey that highlight its fabulous taste. Native flowers, pears, apricots, and citrus fruits may be detected along with acacia (native tropical trees), hawthorn (native thorny trees or shrubs), mint, and fennel. An ideal aperitif when served with seafood, oysters, and shellfish.