23 Apr
2015

NATIVE WINE GRAPES OF ITALY…And Why They Matter

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Italy boasts roughly 400 native wine varietals, that is, vines that have been growing in Italian soil for centuries. According to Ian D’Agata, the author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, 400 is a conservative number but is still more than those of France, Spain, and Greece combined.  That’s impressive!

Quantity doesn’t always equal quality, except when it does. Grapes grown in their native soil produce the best wine. The subtlety, complexity, and nuances of flavor within Italian wines are almost infinite and always interesting.

I attended  tastings and lectures by Ian D’Agata at the International Wine Academy in Rome back a few years ago.  A renowned pediatric surgeon “on  the side”, Ian’s passion for wine goes well beyond a good pairing.  He gets you so excited about a particular varietal that you want to not only taste it, you want to know it.IMG_2808

Who knew that before the big lava flow Pompeii had over 200 wine bars?  Or that Livia, the wife of Caesar Augustus, had her very own wine cellar?

Native Wine Grapes of Italy not only informs, it entertains.

 

 

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