Top facts about italian wines
 1) What is a Super Tuscan?   Known mainly for its Chiantis until the 70s, Tuscany experienced a real wine revolution when Marchesi Antinori bottled his first 'Tignanello'. Composed of a blend of 80% Sangiovese 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine was a real upheaval and questioned the established order.   Indeed, the rules of the DOC appellation of the Chianti zone were, at that time, extremely restrictive. The blend could only contain a maximum of 70% Sangiovese and a minimum of 10% of another white grape variety. International grape vari...
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DOCG italian wines
All about the hierarchy of Italian wine appellations If you look at a bottle of quality Italian wine, you will find the following acronyms on the label: DOP, IGP, DOC, DOCG or IGT. What are the differences?In Italy, the system of Italian appellations has evolved considerably since the 1960s. Despite all the richness and diversity of the country, transcribed in an impressive number of appellations, the system became more readable, until European legislation came back to reorganize the system again not long ago. In summary: "Old" systemVino da Tavola: This designa...
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Top 10 best italian wines
How to choose the Top 10 best Italian wines? To establish a Top 10 wines of a country or a region is often subjective since appreciations and tastes are different from one individual to another. Nevertheless, it is agreed that certain winemakers and certain vintages often come out on top. Therefore, certain factors are important and serve as a reference. The quality of the wine itself is an important factor. Let me explain: During a tasting by wine professionals (winemakers, oenologists, sommeliers,...) what is finally judged is the structure of the wine, its bala...
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Most prestigious Italian wines, delivery Switzerland
Even if a ranking can sometimes seem subjective, it is certain that the national and international recognition of the wines through the vintages and their constant prices are sure values on which to base a ranking. You will find here a top 10 of the most expensive Italian wines, made in no particular order but which we believe is quite representative of what is done on the other side of the Alps. Enjoy your reading...The top 10 most expensive wines in Italy Masseto - Tenuta dell’OrnellaiaEmblematic wine of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. This wine born in 1986 is...
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The most typical italian wines
Like France, Italy has a vineyard with a rich history and all the regions of the peninsula produce wine. So when we talk about typical Italian wines, it is of course difficult to make generalizations because each province of the boot has its own specificities that make them all typical. It is good to first ask the question, what is a typical Italian wine?What is important to take into account is the representative aspect that the wine develops. A wine that is among the top Italian wines or the most expensive Italian wines is not necessarily a typical wine. The m...
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Which Italian wine for which dish?
Before exploring the possible food and wine pairings in the Italian peninsula, it seems important to us to address a notion that, according to the philosophy of alfavin.ch, is the foundation of any tasting, whatever it is: pleasure!Without pleasure there is no tasting and even less food and wine pairing. To take pleasure in tasting a wine, a dish, or both together, you need to experience this feeling. Being an epicurean is an art of living that must be cultivated, developed, but above all shared.For a long time reserved for sommeliers, food and wine pairing is bec...
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All about Primitivo wines
What you need to know about Primitivo The first traces of this emblematic grape variety of Puglia wines can be found in the region of Gioia Del Colle, a province located south of Bari. After much scientific research in the United States in California, we know that Primitivo is a variety native to Croatia, known as Zinfandel in the USA and Crljenak Kastelansky (Croatia). In Italy, its name was given by a priest named Francesco Filippo Indelicati who after research noticed that this variety had an early maturity hence "Primitivo": the one that ripens first. It was ...
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Which are the wine regions of Italy?
Unlike countries like France and Spain, Italy is a country where wine is produced in all regions. Nicknamed Oenotria by the Greeks, the Italian peninsula is no stranger to its nickname and the richness of its vineyards is as important as its cuisine. With a favorable climate and a wide variety of soils, Italy has a lot to surprise us. Between the native grape varieties and the international ones, Italy offers us a palette of wines overflowing with quality and creativity. An unforgettable wine experience, reflecting not only the taste of the different terroirs but ...
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