Fine Italian Red Wine Selections

Have you ever noticed how the right wine makes a meal seem so much more vivid and somehow richer? The whole experience seems fuller when the right wine and the right food come together with the right people, don't you think?

In order to choose a fine Italian red wine, we need to review all our options.

Do we need something light or something fuller? Should we decant or chill it?

Here we'll explore the details on the different types of reds hailing from that boot shaped peninsula so that you may better decide which is the best Italian wine for your purposes!

Fine Italian Red Wines and their Origins

  • Amarone - Amarone della Valpolicella, (or just Amarone as it is commonly referred to), is produced in the Northern part of Italy, specifically the Venitian region.

    Amarone is a dry, full-bodied red wine.

    Amarone is the fourth biggest seller in Italy, behind Chianti, Asti, and Soave.

    This fine wine goes well with protein dishes, especially those with bold flavors such as wild game. Flavors often associated with this wine include fig, raspberry, blackberry, chocolate and tobacco.

    Some types of Amarone are very bitter (the word "amaro" in Italian translates to "bitter"), some more recent varieties are fruitier and appeal to a wider base of wine drinkers.

    Amarone is typically a dark purple color while young, and can be consumed at this age, although aging is highly recommended. The longer the wine ages, the redder it becomes. It is most commonly consumed around the 10 year mark.

    Give ample time to breathe before serving. Serve a little cooler than room temperature between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Barbaresco - Barbaresco is produced in the Piedmont region of Italy from the nebbiolo grape.

    It should be aged between 7-10 years to achieve the best flavor and can usually be expected to keep a good taste up to 15 years from production.

    This wine also accompanies meat dishes very well, and should be served cooler than room temperature at about 57-62 degrees Fahrenheit. 
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More Fine Italian Red Wines to Try

  • Barolo - from the Piedmont region, this is a very rich wine, usually higher in tannins than its neighboring Barbaresco.
  • Bardolino - light and spicy with hints of black cherry. Goes well with pasta, seafood, and roasted chicken.
  • Brunello di Montalcino - a Sangiovese wine from the Tuscany region, this is a luscious rich wine enhanced by decanting.
  • Chianti - from the Chianti region of Tuscany, a well known table wine.
  • Sangiovese - there are many wines from Sangiovese grapes, including Chianti and Brunello, although the amount of Sangiovese content varies.
  • Vino nobile di Montepulciano - another Sangiovese, this one from southern Tuscany.

In the coming days I will be adding all the details you will need to decide which red wine is best for you. I will also give tips on which wine to pair with your favorite Italian meal, until then...arrivederci!

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