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Italian Wines

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You don't have to step into a grand cathedral to savour an Italian masterpiece. Sip its lush wines instead, and discover awe. You've obviously encountered its celebrity A-listers — Pinot Grigio and Chianti. But explore beyond, to experience Italy's la dolce vita, the sweet life.

Italian wines astonish with their numerous grape varieties and officially recognized wine-producing regions. The Italian wine spectrum is also diverse, and its food pairing is an art form in itself. While the connoisseurs favour classic combinations, you can choose those that delight you. Italian wines are characterized by their acidity. It's this zingy freshness that makes them the perfect accompaniment to various cuisines.

Enjoy light red wines with pizza. They're also a harmonious alternative to white wine, when had chilled, with risottos and seafood. Medium and full-bodied wines like Montepulciano, Primitivo and Nero d'Avola enhance the flavour of red meats and mince dishes. Being versatile, they also pair well with white meat preparations with heavy sauces. Intense-flavoured grilled, roasted or baked dishes seek Barolo, a wine elegantly layered with spice and tobacco at its core, and ending with a long and polished finish.

Your finest Barolo, Amarone and Brunello must be saved for delicacies like truffles that are as rich and complex as they are. One of Italy’s prestigious wines, Brunello di Montalcino, is made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown in the highly regarded Tuscan slopes. It is a well-structured red with a mix of strawberry, cherry, juniper and eucalyptus flavours that culminate to an excellent earthy finish.

If you find yourself in Italy, raising a glass, always look into everyone's eyes when making a toast or clinking glasses. (It's considered rude, and bad luck, not to.) Then sit back, and luxuriate in the good life.