This post was sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Grab a wine cork and get ready to celebrate! There’s nothing better than kicking back after a long day of work or spending a relaxing Sunday Funday with a glass of wine. I am not picky when it comes to varietals of wine, but I do enjoy Italian wine. I am actually of Italian heritage, and I recently dove into my genealogy to find out exactly where my grandmother’s maiden name came from. By drinking a glass of wine that is from the area we are from, I feel connected to my family. Plus, they produce the most amount of wine across the globe so I will never run out of new ones to try!
Do you ever pay attention to WHERE your food and drinks come from? It is one of my goals this year to explore where my food comes from and to learn more about the various cultures that I enjoy in the kitchen. With wine, it is easy for me to gravitate toward Tuscan wines since their wines are really popular. Tuscany is Italy’s sixth largest wine producer, so you probably are familiar with them too! Red wine makes up 85% of the region’s output, and that includes our favorites like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Vermentino are native to the region of Tuscany.
However, there are other regions that you can explore. The Marche region accounts for 2% of Italy’s wine production, with white wine comprising 53% of regional production. Crisp Verdicchio is the bestseller among the wines of this peaceful Adriatic Region, but creamy Pecorino has been slowly growing traction in the US.
Pecorino is grown predominately in Abruzzo and Marche. Love Sauvignon Blanc? Try Pecorino with tasting notes of yellow peach and pear, savory herbal and grassy notes and a crisp finish. It pairs well with seafood such as steamed white fish with ginger. Other delicious pairings with Pecorino include risotto dishes and poultry cuisine such as chicken thighs with roasted red pepper and onion.
Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy, is one of Italy’s only landlocked regions and is located right at the center of Italy. It accounts for 2% of Italy’s wines with red slightly surpassing white wines. Umbria was historically renowned for white wine, thanks mainly to the prominence of Orvieto, which has become one of Italy’s best-selling DOC whites and historically was a favorite of medieval Popes.
Sagrantino, an ancient grape variety grown only around the hill town of Montefalco in Umbria, is an intriguing native grape that makes both dry and sweet wines of unusual power and aromas. This is an ideal wine for lovers of big, bold, intense reds.
The wine in my photos is a less expensive alternative. The Montefalco Rosso is a blend of Sagrantino with Sangiovese.
Experience la dolce vita
Do you enjoy the sweet life? I sure do. Italian wine helps you live your best life and spend time with your loved ones while enjoying delicious wine. The true beauty of la dolce vita can be seen when you find just the right food and drink pairing. Italian wine goes with just about anything, from Lambrusco paired with Mac n’ Cheese to Nero d’Avola with Korean BBQ .
You can’t go wrong by experimenting with different destinations and seeing what pairings you can dream up. Many cruise lines, for example, allow you to bring your own wine on board, which is a great way to carry your favorite varieties with you when you travel. We have a local pizza place that lets us bring our favorite Italian wine with us as long as we pay the corkage fee, and it is a fantastic treat for us on date night!
To try other regions’ popular wines, I encourage you to visit Extraordinary Italian Wines. There are 20 wine regions in Italy, so you will never tire of trying new, high-quality and highly diverse wines.
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