Italy is the birthplace of most wines. The Roman Empire brought grapes and grapevines to Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, and many other regions. Italy still produces and consumes a huge amount of wine, although not much gets out to the rest of the world. Most non-Italians only know of Chianti, the delicious red wine traditionally found in basket-bottles. Perhaps a few people know of Soave, the poetic white, or perhaps even Asti Spumanti, the sparkling dessert wine.

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California Zinfandel

It is now believed that the origins of Zinfandel, the most associated grape to California, has its roots in Croatia and with the Italian Primotivo…

Vermont Wines

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The Famed Paris Tasting

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