Ever-foaming prosecco, maybe? Tanker boats of pinot grigio? Or possibly it is big deal reds from Piemonte and Tuscany, with three-digit price tags.
It is time for a trend update. It is also where you will find offbeat on grape varieties few Malaysia white wine geeks have heard of. The finest of the bottles which are created from these are excellent wine buys, offering nature and astonishing depth at bargain prices.
And that's why I moderated a tasting panel at VINO 2016, an Italian wine seminar in New York this month on them.
Compared with the booming north in Italy, the south-- Puglia, Campania, Calabria, and Sicily-- was focused on making mass red used to plump up thinner wines elsewhere and pastoral whites, the nation's poor cousin.
High quality reds came as well as the whites have been drastically transformed by the recent spread of cold fermentation technology.
Understand about wine on this particular isle comes from seeing the scene in The Godfather Part I in which pitchers of fundamental red poured into water glasses at a wedding and are passed around, you are way behind. The wines of now are cutting edge.
Wines from its steep, volcanic ash-strewn winery slopes are the Italian success story of the previous decade.
It appeared the most inhospitable wine place in the world, when I seen there in 2001, shadowed by a brooding 11,000-foot-high volcano that lets out regular and flashes of smoke. booms
Twined old vines are rooted in tiny spots of winery at 3,000 feet above sea level, edged with lots of lava rocks. The exceptionally distinctive, salty, earthy wines and this barren landscape have attracted on some of the most bizarre producers in Italy .
The primary grape on Etna is Carricante, and it is frequently combined with another Sicilian white, Catarratto.
The late great winemaker Marco di Bartoli, in dry wines made, place his beliefs on the different side of the isle.
Then, you need to understand about nearby Calabria, commonly called the "toe" of Italy. The quantity of wine made there's still small, since 90 percent of the property is mountains. The wine picture is evolving, but its end product is really all about native grapes like Mantonico.
Puglia, the area called Italy's "heel of the boot," has turned into a food and travel destination with an extended shoreline of beaches scattered with thalassotherapy health spas.
The principal city in Campania, whose, is the birthplace of opera and thin-crust pizza as well as dwelling to some other volcano, Vesuvius. Where the wine resurrection in southern Italy started some 25 years ago and it is.
Nearly half of the wines in Campania are white. Although there are scores of varieties, Greco Biancos from the town of Tufo and Fiano wines from the Avellino subregion are vying for the top place. Well-known wine estate Mastroberardino, which encouraged them rediscovered both grapes. Miniature family wineries, including Ciro Picariello, are making a number of the finest examples now.