Want to know more about Italian wines?
Want to impress your friends and family with quirky facts?
Want to discover new, exciting, passionate, innovative and authentic wine makers, from vegan to organic?
With its blazing sunshine, fascinating winemaking history, innumerable native grape varieties and diverse, often volcanic soils, Southern Italy is currently one of the most exciting parts of the world for wine. The Ancient Greeks, called it Oenotria, meaning ‘the land of wine’. Winners of the ancient Olympic Games were often offered wine from Krimisa, the Greek name for Cirò in Calabria.
The collection Colloquial Wines proposes an intimate visit of the greatest wine-making countries in a convivial, accessible and practical pocket book.
- How wine is made
- How to get the most out of wine
- Storage and serving temperatures
- Food pairing
- The regions of Southern Italy
- 12 wines to discover(red, white, rosé, orange, sparkling, fortified,)
- and a pinch of quirkiness.
Table of Contents
Structure of the book vii
The elements of wine 11
The secrets of success 17
How wine is made
Terroir, grapes, soils, and so on 19
Sweet Wine 33
Sparkling Wine 34
Fortified Wine 35
Getting the best out of wine
Serving wine 41
Food matching 44
Apulia / Puglia 52
Pantelleria and other islands 58
The wines, Vintage 59
Rosso del Contadino, Cornelissen, 2014 63
Cirò Rosso, Ippolito 1845, Ripe de Falco 66
Planeta Plumbago, 2015 68
Tormaresca Torcicoda, 2015 70
Aglianico, Bisceglia, Gudarrà Riserva 73
Librandi Efeso Bianco 2015 76
Feudi di San Gregorio, Cutizzi Greco di Tufo 78 I Fiori Vermentino, Pala, 2016 81
Zagreo Fiano, Cacciagalli 2015 83
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, Vinicola Sannino 85
Asprinio Sparkling Brut, I Borboni 87
Marco de Bartoli, Marsala Superiore, 10 year 90
Italian wine etiquette 97