They say behind every great bottle of wine is the perfect grape, but all serious wine lovers know it goes much deeper — all the way down to the growing soil itself. The French call it terroir, a direct reference to territory or province, which can be extended to include climate, local flora and fauna, […]
Italy has more than 1,300 estimated grape varieties, but three red grapes are more noble than all others: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico, as they are generally believed to be the three best native red grapes in the entire country. Now, you may know these by their appellation names, such as Barolo for Nebbiolo or Chianti […]
I recently asked VinePair’s co-founder, Adam Teeter, for a few new restaurant ideas. At the top of his list was the recently opened Fiaschetteria Pistoia on New York’s Lower East Side. When I went last Friday, I immediately understood why.
Italy’s beer scene is buzzing. “Italy Is Making Some of the Best Damn Beer in the World,” reads one headline. It is ”Italian Craft Beer’s Time to Shine,” announces another. (Disclosure: I myself was an early contributor to this trend, writing a New York Times travel section cover story about beer in northern Italy in […]
It’s understandable that Barolo and Barbaresco get most of the attention among red wines from northern Italy’s Piedmont region, or Piemonte, as it is known there. Made from the Nebbiolo grape, they are endlessly fascinating studies in terroir, layered complexity, and how great wines can evolve over time.
After Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio is the second most popular white wine variety in the U.S. When it was first introduced in 1979, its simple, refreshing style succeeded as an uncomplicated alternative to full-bodied, buttery whites — the type that coined the infamous acronym “ABC,” or “Anything but Chardonnay.” Pinot Grigio is the better-recognized Italian name […]
We all know that Italian cheese is delicious, but when pressed to name many beyond Parm or Pecorino, most of us draw a blank. Burrata? Truffle . . . uh . . . something? The good news is that Italy has a wide world of cheeses for exploring and enjoying. Here are six lesser-known favorites […]
Among the great wine countries of the world, Italy is one of the most diverse. The sheer variety of grapes and styles offered within the country’s 20 regions can seem intimidating at first to those looking to master its nuances, but it’s also the reason why somms are continually intrigued by Italy’s wines. We asked […]
Collecting wine can involve complex bidding wars on rare entities with nebulous certificates of authenticity (yeesh). Or it can be as simple as carefully choosing bottles and storing them properly. If you want to dip your toes into the collection pool, start with Italian wine. Sure, there are over 20 regions, and each region is […]