Wine is made in virtually every country in the world. It’s one of the ten most popular drinks in the world. Knowing and understanding wine philosophy takes years, money and more important – love.Wine is sexy. Drinking wine is not just drinking any kind of liquor. It’s an adventure. If you just started learning about wine, don’t worry – all you need to be is excited, passionate and most likely curious. Wine comes in two colors – red and white. Different wines are consumed worldwide everyday and as a wine beginner you need to know the basic difference between red and white but also you need to learn all the wine types and varietals. There is plenty of information online but I’m gonna give you a short description of the most popular regions and grapes in the world as well as how to know what kind of wine are you consuming without looking at the label and how to pair food with wine.
Let’s start with Italy. I love Italian wines because they remind me of Mediterranean sea and its amazing food. The most popular Italian regions are the North and the Center of Italy. Piedmont produces more wine than any other Italian region and makes the highest percentage of quality wines in Italy. The wines of Northern Italy include Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Amarone and Valpolicella.
Nebbiolo produces some of the most expensive wines including Barolo and Barbaresco. If you ever have a chance to try any of these two, don’t hesitate.
Dolcetto and Barbera from Piedmont offer relative value. In fact I recommend you Parusso Dolcetto D’alba 2011.
You should definitely try a wine from Veneto Region. I love Amarone della Valpolicella made from Corvina grapes. Amarone is characterized by ripe, bold flavors. The grapes go through a process which allow them to shrivel into raisins. This concentrates the sugar and flavors in the grapes, producing a distinctive and full-bodied wine well-suited to aging.
The aging process, manual labor and prime grape-growing real estate mean that Amarone is often quite expensive. Tuffo pairs great with braised short beef, duck cooked with balsamic vinegar, pasta dishes and some fish (I’ll suggest smoked eel in sweet sauce). My number one red Italian wine must be Chianti. In fact, if you are wine beginner, you should try Chianti Classico Riserva 2010. It comes only from the Classico region of Tuscany. Unlike normal Chianti, Classico wines are often aged in oak for at least three years which make them full bodied wines with high acidity.
I can’t forget about the great sweet wines Italy produce, especially the most popular: Moscato. From the northwest Piedmont region, this wine is so popular in North America and comes in both still and sparkling varieties. I still think that its great desert wine but a lot of people love it as a companion to their salad or appetizer.
The last wine that I wanna tell you about today is for those of you who love white wine but prefer something different than Pinot Grigio. It’s Parusso Langhe Bianco 2013. Its a 100% Sauvignon Blanc with everything you like about Sauvignon Blanc. It’s crisp, with little fruit taste, light finish and its such an easy drinking wine.
There is always a lot more to learn just for Italian wines as well as the rest of the world wines so we need to move on. Next time I’ll introduce you my favourite wines from… FRANCE.