"No poem was ever written by a drinker of water," the great Roman poet, Horace wrote. People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are amongst the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine. This makes sense because the Romans made the most contributions to the ancient art of viniculture.
|THE VINES OF PIEDMONT REGION PRODUCING THE FINEST BAROLO!|
|THE BEAUTY OF VENEZIA (VENICE)|
Maybe you've been wondering where I've been?? I haven't run away with a truck full of wine…although that's not a bad idea?? or taken up some other misguided hobby… for those of you who know me and those that don't, I just want to say there's another angel in heaven more recently! My beautiful and dear mother-in-law passed away suddenly a few weeks ago, she was truly a bright light in our family and she'll be greatly missed!! One of the reasons I'm featuring Italian wines right now is in her honor, she LOVED Chianti and had such a fondness for everything Italian, including me!!
|HALINA ON HER 82ND BIRTHDAY IN MALIBU! 2014|
|THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL WINES AND REGIONS IN ITALY SO I'VE PICKED SOME OF MY FAVORITES TO FOCUS ON….|
ITALY'S EVER POPULAR PINOT GRIGIO
Situated in the mountainous northeast corner of Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia produces some of Italy’s finest whites. Bordering Slovenia in the east, this region has some Slavic influences within its wine culture. As an example, Tocai Friulano, the region’s most popular variety, may have originated in Eastern Europe and bears a Slavic name (Tocai). Other good white varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, and popular reds include Schioppettino, Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Friuli-Venezia Giulia has a reputation for putting quality ahead of quantity, and has earned its place as one of the top regions in Italy.