December 2, 2009

How to pronounce Italian wine

This is a recent discovery of mine—via my new Twitter friend Pina (@Vino_Italiano)—and very welcome because I am a lover of wine, especially the best red Italian ones (of course I also love their famous French competitors, I’m not a chauvinist after all, even though it seems that, for instance, more wine is currently exported to the U.S. from Italy than from any other country..), wines to be savored in a calm, reflective manner, and, which is very important, in a moderate way, at least if you are not a billionaire yet, given the current prices!

How to Pronounce Italian Wine identifies key wine types, from Barbera, Nebbiolo, Grignolino, and the champagne-like sparkling Prosecco (the Brunello and Barolo pages are still under construction), and provides extensive reference materials on Italy’s 300 growing zones, and 361 authorized grape varieties.

I recommend it to all those looking for a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the wines of Italy and willing to be initiated into the millenary culture of wine. Very well done, Pina!


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  2. One of the reasons why France is also a good place to live, is for its wines, of course. And from where I am one doesn't need to travel too far to enjoy Italian wines as well. If, in Italy it seems difficult to find equivalents of good French Rosé, of the Var, for example, there are other wines such as the light, fresh and sparkling Lambrusco that make up for it in other delightful ways.


When one reflects on the history of civilisation, wine production is naturally an integral part spanning thousands of its years. Archaeological discoveries show that it was even produced in Iran from 6000 to 5000 BC. Far more ancient than Mohammedian Islam and Koranic laws of course.

    It's a precious heritage and its continued existence throughout history is noble proof of its always having been savoured in moderation, by the civilised.