Finding the Best Italian Wines

The "Wine Guys" give their top picks...

This article, written by Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, appear on Online Athens.

Wine Guys: Finding the best wines of Italy

There is so much to love about Italy. Theres the food, the art, the music, the people and, of course, the wine. For centuries Italians have been making wines in regions stretching from Piedmonte to Umbria. Like elsewhere in Europe, the people take great pride in producing wines special to their region and using grape varieties unique to their climates.

Perhaps best known to American wine consumers is chianti, the pride and joy of the fertile and verdant Tuscany. Here the sangiovese grape with relatively high acidity thrives in marl and chalk soil. Although the quality of chianti is inconsistent among producers, its tiered system gives consumers a better indication of what to expect. These are still excellent values.

We’ve been recently tasting many wines from all over Italy. View the list at Online Athens…

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