10 Jan 2017

Italian Reds?

Italian Reds?

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.
Three Italian Red Wines to buy for special occasions Barolo Piedmont’s Barolo is the undoubtedly the king of Italian red wines. Made from Nebbiolo, the wines of this small appellation in Italy’s northwest are among the most s in the world. Whether it is saved for next year, five years, ten or twenty years, this is one Italian red that showcases the benefits of aging wine. We suggest Demarie or Colle Manora Barbaresco Also a Piedmontese wine made with Nebbiolo, Barbaresco is the queen to Barolo’s king. Renowned for finesse and perfume, the wines of Barbaresco are among Italy’s best. We suggest Demarie Brunello Brunello di Montalcino is the king of wines made with Sangiovese. This Tuscan red wine gets its name from the local name for Sangiovese (Brunello) and Montalcino, a small medieval hill town overlooking the Tuscan countryside. These are complex wines with incredible aging potential. We suggest Le Potazzine Amarone Amarone is a powerful and concentrated dry red wine made with dried grapes in Italy’s Veneto region. Made from native Italian grapes, Amarone is a wine that dazzles and impresses. We suggest La Giaretta

Full-Bodied Italian Reds

“A perfect balance of ripe tannins, crisp acidity and rich body make these Italian reds ideal,” says LCBO wine expert Antonio Ruscetta, LCBO product consultant, Maple. “These wines are full-bodied but not too bold, which makes them especially food friendly. Great with red meat, lamb, duck, pasta and homemade tomato sauce — these are the wines you open on the weekend or bring to a dinner party.”

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